Fans gathered Friday in Downtown Atlanta, near where the 28-year-old grew up, to remember slain rapper Takeoff, a member of the hip-hop trio Migos.
The Atlanta Hawks’ home arena, State Farm Arena, hosted a memorial service to honour the rapper’s life and music.
Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed outside a Houston bowling alley earlier this month. During the shooting, a woman and another man were also injured. There have been no arrests.
Georgia residents could get free tickets to the memorial service, and State Farm Arena said the event was sold out.
Jenifer Loving, 22, Stood In Line For More Than An Hour With Her Infant Son, Mateo, Before The Doors At State Farm Arena Opened To Fans Who Were Eligible For A Free Ticket. Takeoff’s death, she said, was especially heartbreaking because he was only 28 years old.
She stated that Migos’ music represented the creativity and culture of the black community, and she was concerned that the group would be too sad to make new music—at least for a while.
“It’s just something you can play anywhere, and everyone will just come out and dance,” she explained. “It is the means by which it brings people together.” “It’s how it fills the entire room with positivity.”
Eric Hood, an Atlanta firefighter, said he was shocked to learn of Takeoff’s death because, of the three Migos members, he was the most laid-back.
He stated that Migos’ music served as an “escape” for many people, and that he hoped the event would leave the rapper’s family and the rest of the group with lasting memories of him.
He said, “I pray for them.” “I hope they stay upbeat, helpful, and influential members of society and keep moving forward.”
The event’s programme was not made available by the venue. Emails sent to The Arena and Migos’ record label, Motown, were not returned immediately.
Takeoff’s uncle Quavo and cousin Offset were also members of the Grammy Award-nominated trio Migos. Takeoff’s mother raised all three of them in an Atlanta suburb.
Migos made a name for themselves nearly a decade ago with the 2013 hit “Versace,” which skyrocketed in popularity thanks to a Drake remix.
Takeoff was the group’s youngest member and was often regarded as its most laid-back member.
Instead of flowers or gifts, his family has requested that donations be made to the Rocket Foundation, which was founded in Takeoff’s honour and aims to prevent gun violence, according to its website.
Celebrity tributes have poured in following Takeoff’s death on social media. Earlier this week, before a Lakers game, LeBron James dressed up as the rapper. The NBA superstar shared an image of his outfit on Instagram with the caption: “If you know anything about me, you know how much I adore @yrntakeoff!! “It’s still not real to me!”
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