Friday, December 2, 2022

Houston Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting Death of Takeoff

Patrick Xavier Clark Booking Photo Courtesy HPD
The Houston Police Department held a press conference on Friday afternoon to announce the arrest of a man in connection to the killing of Takeoff.

HPD Chief Troy Finner said Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, is charged with the murder of the Migos rapper, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball.

Takeoff died at the age of 28 after being shot outside of a downtown Houston bowling alley last month.

“We lost a good man,” Finner said, adding that he talked to Takeoff’s family, and thanked them for their patience as the department worked through facts and the investigation ahead of an arrest.

Clark was arrested on the east side of Houston, Texas, Thursday evening. Another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was charged with the unlawful carrying of a weapon.

At this time authorities have not connected him to the murder.

"We believe Cameron Joshua has been appropriately charged in this case," Prosecutor Matt Gilliam said.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling at around 2:30 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered one man dead (from a gunshot wound to the head or neck) and two other people injured.

Later authorities positively identified the victim as Takeoff. He was the youngest member of the chart-topping group he formed with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

Takeoff, second from right, was shot and killed Tuesday morning in Houston.

Formed in Atlanta in 2008, Migos had been one of hip-hop's most successful acts. The group has sold over three million albums and received two Grammy Award nominations.

Takeoff also found success outside the group. His solo album, “The Last Rocket,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2018. Recently, along with Quavo, he released “Only Built for Infinity Links,” which peaked at No. 7.

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