Fans take off to gather to celebrate Atlanta for slain rapper

Fans have gathered to remember rapper Takeoff, a member of hip-hop trio Migos, who was killed in Atlanta, near where the 28-year-old grew up.

tate Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, is holding a memorial service to celebrate the rapper’s life and music, and a large sign outside the arena is lit up with the rapper’s image.

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot dead earlier this month outside a bowling alley in Houston. A woman and another man were also injured in the shooting. No arrest warrants have been issued.


Police outside 1201 San Jacinto after the shooting (Annie Mulligan / Houston Chronicle via AP)

Jennifer Loving, 22, stood in line with her young son, Mateo, for more than an hour before the doors opened for fans. She said that Takeoff’s death was heartbreaking because he was so young.

Migos’ music represents the creativity and culture of the black community, she said, and she worries that the group will be too sad to make new music – at least for a while.

“It’s just something that you can play anywhere, and people will come out and dance,” she said.

“That’s how it brings people together. That’s how it fills the room with positivity. “

Eric Hood, an Atlanta firefighter, said he was shocked when he heard about Takeoff’s death because three members of Migos, he was considered the most comfortable.

Migos’ music is an “escape” for many, he said, and he hopes the event will leave his family and the rest of the group with lasting memories of him.

“I pray for them,” he said. “I hope they continue to be optimistic, positive, influential members of society and keep moving forward.”

Georgians already have free tickets for the memorial service, but State Farm Arena said ahead of Friday that the event has reached capacity and fans without tickets should not disembark.

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The venue has not released a program for the event.

The Grammy-nominated trio Migos also features Uncle Quavo and Takeoff’s cousin Offset.


Takeoff, Quavo and Offset (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

All three were largely raised by Takeoff’s mother in an Atlanta suburb.

Migos exploded onto the scene nearly a decade ago with the 2013 hit Versace, gaining even more popularity through Drake’s remix.

Houston police chief Troy Finner said the day after the shooting that Takeoff was “well respected,” and had “no reason to believe he was involved in any crime at the time.” “.

Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted on Instagram calling it “senseless violence and a stray bullet”.

Police said nothing about the stray shot.

Instead of flowers or gifts, his family asked people to donate to The Rocket Foundation, which was established in Takeoff’s honor and aims to prevent gun violence, according to the organization’s website. Fans take off to gather to celebrate Atlanta for slain rapper

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