Man Arrested in Connection With Migos Artist Takeoff’s Murder


Houston: A 33-year-old man was detained on a murder charge in the killing of rapper Takeoff, who was an “innocent bystander” when he was hit by gunfire outside a Houston bowling alley, according to authorities.

Patrick Xavier Clark was apprehended peacefully Thursday night, according to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner.

Clark’s arrest came just one day after another man was accused in connection with the Nov. 1 shooting, which occurred after an argument over a dice game and injured two other individuals.

Clark was kept in custody on Friday pending a bond hearing. According to court records, he was caught as he prepared to leave the nation for Mexico, but he does not have an attorney.

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was the youngest member of the Grammy-nominated rap group Migos, which also included his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

The 28-year-old singer was shot outside a downtown bowling alley at 2:30 a.m., when a fight arose as more than 30 people were leaving a private party there, according to police.

Police originally stated that another man and a woman were shot but did not sustain life-threatening injuries and that at least two people opened fire.

Police During a Friday news conference, Sgt. Michael Burrow stated that the gunshot was the result of a disagreement over a “lucrative” dice game, but that Takeoff was not involved and was an “innocent bystander.”

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Finner stated that authorities are unsure whether Clark was invited to the party or whether he knew Takeoff.

According to Burrow, no one on the site spoke to the police. According to Burrow, some of those people have subsequently been located by authorities, who have also sought to piece together events using ballistics, video, and audio recordings.

He stated that detectives are still looking for witnesses.

Man arrested in fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff

“We’ll be looking for you,” he said. “It will be more convenient if you come to find us.”

Cameron Joshua was arrested in connection with the shooting on Wednesday, according to investigators. Joshua was accused of illegally possessing a firearm at the moment Takeoff was shot, but authorities think the 22-year-old did not fire the weapon.

Joshua’s attorney, Christopher Downey, told reporters that he has seen nothing to imply that his client was involved in Takeoff’s death.

According to Burrow, detectives believe Clark’s gunfire killed the artist.

Prosecutors urged a judge on Friday to set Clark’s bond at $1 million, claiming he is a flight risk. According to court records, Clark requested an expedited passport after the shooting of Takeoff by presenting the schedule for an “imminent” journey to Mexico.

He was caught on the day he acquired the passport and was in possession of a “substantial sum” of cash, according to authorities.

Fans and other musicians, including Drake and Justin Bieber, paid tribute to Takeoff’s musical legacy at a memorial event in Atlanta last month.

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Quality Control, Migos’ record company, mourned Takeoff’s death in an Instagram message, blaming it on “senseless violence.”

Migos made their debut in 2013 with the huge single “Versace.” They have four Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits, while Takeoff was not featured on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” which featured Lil Uzi Vert.

They released three albums, “Culture,” “Culture II,” and “Culture III,” with the first two reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Takeoff never released a solo album, although he and Quavo released “Only Built for Infinity Links” in the weeks before his death.

Takeoff expressed his hopes for the collaborative record, telling the “Drink Champs” podcast, “It’s time to give me my roses.”

As Clark’s arrest was revealed on Friday, Takeoff’s voice could be heard once more, this time on “Feel The Fiyaaaah.”

“It’s quiet right now on the streets,” he sang.

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