Takeoff from Migos' funeral to be held in State Farm Arena
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The funeral service for Migos rapper Takeoff will take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
The popular musician was shot dead at a bowling alley in Houston on November 1.
The 28-year-old rapper – real name Kirshnik Khari Ball – will be laid to rest on Friday 11 November with a eulogy set to be given by pastor Jesse Curney III.
Takeoff was one third of rap group Migos, who had enjoyed significant success in the charts as well as working with some of the biggest artists in the world such as Drake, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj.
On November 1, police were called to reports of a shooting at 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley in downtown Houston at around 2:34am.
Takeoff is believed to have been in attendance with bandmate Quavo – real name Quavious Keyate Marshall – though he was not injured.
The third member of Migos, Offset, was not at the private event.
Houston Police Chief Troy Finner implored the public: “I’m calling you to action, to step up. There were 40 people at least at this event and people left possibly out of fear.
"I ask you one thing, and I want this to resonate with everybody: What if it was your brother? What if it was your son?
"You would want somebody to step up. So please step up and get the information to us so we can bring some closure to this family that is hurting."
Police Sergeant Michael Arrington added: “A large group of people had gathered at the front door area just outside the building, and it led to an argument where the shooting took place from the disagreement.
"A lot of the people that there were there fled the scene and did not stick around to give a statement.
"We are looking for anything to help us," he added.
In their statement, Quality Control Music said: “It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff.
“Senseless violence and a stray bullet has taken another life from this world and we are devastated.
“Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to process this monumental loss.”
Two other people were injured in the incident – a 23-year-old male and a 24-year-old female – although their injuries were not life-threatening.
Migos was founded in 2008 by Takeoff, as well as his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.
The group released more than 12 mixtapes and four studio albums, though Takeoff also released a solo album in 2018 and a collaborative album with Quavo just last month.
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