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Houston police charge man with murder of Takeoff

By | Published on Monday 5 December 2022


Houston police confirmed on Friday that a man has been arrested in connection to the death of Migos rapper Takeoff, who was shot dead during an incident at a bowling alley in the US city last month.

According to a TMZ report at the time, several shots were fired during an altercation at a private party taking place at Houston’s 810 Billiards & Bowling in the early hours of 1 Nov, one of which fatally hit Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were injured, although the rapper’s bandmate and uncle Quavo – who was with him at the time – was unharmed.

At a press conference on Friday, Sergeant Michael Burrow, from the Houston Police Department’s homicide division, said that Takeoff was “an innocent bystander” to the shooting that resulted in his death.

“The event was a private party, there was a lucrative dice game that went on at the event, there was an argument that happened afterwards outside the bowling alley, which led to the shooting”, he told reporters.

He added: “I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in playing the dice game, he was not involved in the argument that happened outside, he was not armed. He was an innocent bystander”.

The man accused of killing Takeoff is Patrick Xavier Clark. He was arrested last week and charged with murder.

According to CNN, prosecutors have told the court that they consider Clark a flight risk because shortly after the shooting he allegedly applied for an expedited passport, which he received immediately before his arrest. To that end they want a $1 million bond to be set if he is granted bail.