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Takeoff’s mother sues Houston venue where the rapper was killed

By | Published on Monday 12 June 2023


The mother of Migos member Takeoff has filed a negligence lawsuit against the Houston bowling alley where the rapper was killed last year.

Takeoff – real name Kirsnick Khari Ball – was shot dead during an altercation that occurred outside Houston’s 810 Billiards & Bowling in the early hours of 1 Nov. The rapper himself was not involved in the altercation.

Houston police explained last year that the rapper, and his bandmate and uncle Quavo, had been at a private party at the venue. “There was a lucrative dice game that went on at the event”, Sergeant Michael Burrow told reporters. “There was an argument that happened afterwards outside the bowling alley, which led to the shooting”.

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 lawsuit filed by Ball’s mother Titania Davenport claims that the owners of 810 Billiards & Bowling did not provide sufficient security personnel on the night of the shooting.

It alleges that the venue’s management had been advised that extra security would be required for the event. However, the venue “provided no screening mechanisms, no after-hour controls or security measures, and no enforcement of rules or industry standards to deter crime against their invitees”.

According to Variety, the lawsuit continues: “Defendants knew that based on the nature of the party, celebrities would more likely than not be in attendance and potentially be the targets of crime. Defendants negligently represented proper security would be in place, when in fact none was; this caused many people to come to the event without concern”.

The lawsuit seeks in excess of $1 million in damages. The man accused of shooting Ball – Patrick Xavier Clark – was formally indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury last month.