HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Houston police announced Friday that a man has been arrested and charged in the death of Migos rapper Takeoff last month in downtown Houston.
Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, is charged with the murder of Kirshnik Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff.
This is a breaking update. An earlier version of this report can be read below.
A month after Migos rapper Takeoff was murdered at a downtown Houston bowling alley, we’re constantly on the hunt for an answer from the Houston Police Department as to who should be held responsible. On Friday, officers announced they will hold a briefing to discuss an update on Takeoff’s fatal shooting.
The briefing is expected to take place at 2 p.m. from the department headquarters on Travis Street.
The most recent update in the murder is from Wednesday, after 22-year-old Cameron Joshua was charged with two counts of felon in possession of a weapon from the night of Takeoff’s death. Yet no one has been charged with the rapper’s murder.
Joshua appeared in court on Wednesday morning. During the performance, it was revealed that surveillance video and an anonymous witness telling police that Joshua had a firearm led police to tie the man to the Takeoff shooting.
“We believe Cameron Joshua has been properly charged in this case,” prosecutor Matt Gilliam said. “We are continuing our investigation into Takeoff’s death.”
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Joshua’s attorney Christopher Downey said he believes if the prosecutor thought Joshua was involved in the shooting, his charges would have been different.
“I have not seen anything to indicate that Cameron Joshua had anything to do with the shooting – that he fired a gun, caused his death or was even involved in it,” his lawyer said.
Downey explained that since Joshua was already out on bail for possession of a fake ID, his bail hearing has been moved to next week. A judge will determine whether the bond should be revoked in full.
Records show the man has several previous charges in Harris County, including breaking and entering a motor vehicle and tampering with a government file.
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He also has an out-of-state fugitive charge, the records show.
At about 2:30 a.m. on November 1, police received a call about a shooting at 810 Billiard and Bowling Alley at 1210 San Jacinto Street in downtown Houston.
On scene, police officers found a man shot to death on the third floor, just outside the alley’s front door. The man was identified as Kirshnick Khari Ball, better known as Takeoff, police said.
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Takeoff was part of Migos, along with Quavo and Offset.
Employees on the scene told HPD agents that a large group of people had gathered at the front door after a party ended. That meeting led to an argument of sorts, which ended in the fatal shooting.
Security guards in the area heard the shooting, but did not see who did it, a police spokesperson said. Two other people, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were also shot and took themselves to hospital.
Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the rap trio from the Atlanta suburbs that also included his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. They first broke through with the huge hit “Versace” in 2013. The song was remixed by Drake, which made it more popular.
The group had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although Takeoff was not featured on their multi-week No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. They released a trilogy of albums called “Culture”, “Culture II” and “Culture III”, with the first two albums reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. They also earned an ASCAP Vanguard Award in 2018, for their streaming success with multiplatinum songs such as “Motorsport (featuring Cardi B and Nicki Minaj),” “Stir Fry” and “Walk It Talk It.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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