Migos’ Atlanta-based record label Quality Control has shared a statement about the fatal murder of their rapper Takeoff. “It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirshnik Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff,” the label wrote on Instagram. “Senseless violence and a stray bullet have taken another life in this world and we are devastated. Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to deal with this monumental loss.
At a press conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Troy Finner responded to the shooting, asking one of the 40 people believed to be at the scene to provide details.
“I call on you to action, to intervene – there were at least 40 people at this event, and people may have left out of fear. I’m asking you one thing and I want it to resonate with everyone,” Finner said. “What if it was your brother or your son?” You would like someone to intervene, so please intervene, give us the information so that we can put an end to this family who is suffering at the moment. Turner added, “Let’s do justice to this family.”
Finner also noted how Takeoff was “peaceful” and “what a great artist”, and stressed the importance of minimizing gun violence within the hip-hop community. “I’m calling out to everyone, hip-hop artists in Houston and across the country – we have to control ourselves,” he said. “There are so many talented people, men and women, in this community that I love and respect, and we all need to come together and make sure no one tears this industry down.”
Takeoff was killed in the early hours of November 1 at a bowling alley in Houston where he and his uncle, fellow Migos member Quavo, were playing dice. Police were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m., where Takeoff was pronounced dead. Two other people at the scene were taken to hospital and are in stable condition. News of Takeoff’s death was met with an outpouring of grief from artists and hip-hop fans alike, with many lamenting the number of young rappers who have been shot and killed in recent years, including Pop Smoke and XXXTentacion.