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Migos Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead at 28 in Houston, Reports Say

Migos Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead at 28 in Houston

Quavo, who was not injured in the shooting, was seen by Takeoff’s side calling for help.

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Takeoff, one third of the rap trio Migos, was shot dead early Tuesday morning in Houston in front of horrified friends and family, including fellow Migos star Quavo, who was filmed calling for help to save the 28-year-old rapper’s life.

Law enforcement sources and witnesses cited by TMZ said the fatal shooting occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. at a private party of about 40-50 people. A Houston police spokesperson told The Daily Beast they wouldn’t be releasing the victim’s identity until an autopsy has been completed. However, they confirmed officers were called about a man shot at a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling in Midtown.

TMZ reported that Takeoff—real name Kirshnik Khari Ball—and Quavo, who is Takeoff’s uncle, were playing dice when some sort of altercation erupted and shots were fired.

Takeoff was reportedly hit in his head or near his head and was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. His representative confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

Quavo, Offset and Takeoff pictured in November, 2021.

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Quavo is said to have called for help for his wounded nephew as people gathered around Takeoff.

The Houston PD confirmed that one victim was found “deceased upon arrival,” and two other victims were taken to the hospital in private vehicles.

Police told CBS News that the private event was on the third floor of an entertainment center, and that officers reportedly found “multiple shell casings” around the dead man.

The condition of the two other victims in the shooting was not yet clear. Quavo—real name Quavious Keyate Marshall—was reportedly not hurt. The third member of Migos, Offset—a.k.a. Kiari Kendrell Cephus—is Quavo’s cousin and husband to rapper Cardi B.

Bona fide superstars, Migos came out of Atlanta and have been fixtures on the national hip-hop scene for the better part of a decade. With trademark mega-hits like “T-Shirt,” their status as music royalty was perhaps best captured when Donald Glover dubbed them the Beatles of his generation after winning a Golden Globe for his show Atlanta in 2017.

Quavo and Takeoff released their first full-length album without Offset, titled Only Built For Infinity Links, earlier this month, prompting speculation that Migos had broken up. The video for the single “Messy”—in which Quavo and Takeoff walk around a haunted house—dropped just hours before the shooting.

“Offset lost a brother he’ll never get to fix things with. For nothing,” rapper VI Seconds tweeted. “Quavo lost his nephew. For nothing. Rap lost a good one. For nothing. All this bloodshed. For nothing. It’ll never make sense.”

Mourning for Takeoff reverberated across America’s hip hop community on Tuesday. With rappers’ deaths—like Young Dolph and PnB Rock—spiking within the last year, Desiigner posted to his Instagram story that he’s done rapping.

“I’m done, I’m done, I’m done,” Desiigner, whose real name is Sidney Royel Selby III, said in an Instagram live while bawling. “I can’t live like this no more.”

Houston rapper Ugly God, who collaborated with Takeoff on the song “Hold Up,” said that Migos “changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out.”

“RIP Takeoff,” he tweeted. “This man has been staying out the way, keeping it minimal, and minding his own business since the beginning. If that’s not enough to be left alone, then [I don’t know].”

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