- The Houston Police Department is asking witnesses for aid in finding Takeoff’s shooter.
- Takeoff was killed at a private party at a bowling alley in Houston early Tuesday morning.
- On Tuesday, the police gave a press conference requesting help in finding those responsible.
The Houston Police Department held a press conference Tuesday requesting witnesses come forward with any information about the fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff.
Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed during a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling early Tuesday morning in Houston, Texas. He was 28 years old.
Police chief Troy Finner expressed respect for the hip-hop community and said many people had contacted him to describe Takeoff as a good person. “I got many calls from Houston and outside of Houston and everyone spoke of what a great young man this is, and how peaceful he is,” he said.
Finner said he had spoken to Takeoff’s mother and appealed to those who might have information by asking that they imagine themselves in the shoes of the deceased’s loved ones. “There were 40 people, at least, at this event. And people left, possibly out of fear,” Finner continued.
“I ask you one thing… What if it was your brother? What if it was your son? You would want somebody to step up,” he continued. “So please step up. Get the information to us so we can give some closure to this family who is hurting right now.”
The police said that there were at least two firearms used at the scene.
Two other attendees were wounded at the party. Ball’s uncle and groupmate Quavo — real name Quavious Marshall — was present.
TMZ published footage of the aftermath of the shooting. Quavo’s screams were heard in videos circulating online, causing the hashtag #hearingquavo to trend on Twitter.
Takeoff was a member of the rap group Migos alongside Quavo and Offset. They worked their way up the Atlanta hip-hop ladder before becoming a global success.
The hip-hop community including Drake and T.I. has expressed devastation at the loss of the star.