The youngest former rapper of the hip-hop group Migos was fatally shot in Houston, Texas, on November 1, 2022.
One year later, after the tragic death of Kirsnick Khari Ball, professionally known as Takeoff, fans remembered the beloved rapper by sharing their grief and paying heartfelt tributes all over social media. His untimely passing left a void in the music industry, due to which there were millions of messages pouring in from across the world as a way to showcase the appreciation that his fans have for their favorite idol.
As the world mourned the loss of this extraordinary artist, it was the tributes made by Offset and Quavo that made their loyal fan base even more emotional as the duo honored their late Migos group member on Instagram with heartfelt messages.
Quavo, 32, shared a black and white picture of his nephew smiling to his 23.9M followers, captioning, “Can’t forget it won’t Forget It NEVER Forget it 🚀♾️ I Remember!” To this, one fan commented, “Still don’t understand how could they ?! He was the most humblest man on earth. Long live the rocket 🚀A year later and still I can’t believe it ! 🚀‼️🚀🚀💗💯 to infinity ♾️ ❤️” Another commented, “Long live take off 🕊️💔 the rocket 🚀🚀”
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Whereas, Offset, 31, shared a short video of the late “Bad and Boujee” artist to this 22.4M followers, captioning, “The times we spent is priceless what we built in this game they never wanted to give us our flowers we influenced the world…I Love you Take you still here with us I just know you are!!!! Migo 4Life!!!!!!” To this post, one fan commented, “Long live the Rocket Migo gang for life.” Another fan left a comment stating, “Migos influenced the game into what it is today. Long Live The Rocket 🚀”
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On November 1, 2022, following a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling in the GreenStreet commercial development part of Houston, Texas, the late rapper was shot multiple times in the head and torso.
The Houston Police Department reported that a fatal shooting had taken place at 2:50 a.m. CDT and that the victim was found dead on arrival while two other victims were “taken in private vehicles to hospitals.” The department later added: “We are not releasing the identity of the deceased victim until his family is notified & ID verified by Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.” Houston police later confirmed that Takeoff had been killed in the shooting.
Two other people, 24-year-old Joshua “Wash” Washington (a business associate of Quavo) and a 23-year-old woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting.
Takeoff’s record label, Quality Control, also issued a statement which reads: “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.”
On November 5, the late rapper’s friends and family held a farewell ceremony for the rapper, and a memorial was formed at the site of his death. Five days later, a private commemoration was held.
On November 11, Takeoff’s “Celebration of Life” was held at the State Farm Arena. Free tickets were offered for the event and eventually sold out. Offset, Quavo, Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber, Yolanda Adams, and Chloe Bailey performed at the ceremony. Attendance totaled over 20,000, including Gucci Mane, City Girls, YG, Lil Yachty, Cee-Lo Green, and Teyana Taylor. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens posthumously presented Takeoff with the Phoenix Award. Those present were not allowed to use their phones or take pictures of the event.
Following the funeral service, Takeoff was laid to rest in Gwinnett Memorial Park in Lawrenceville, Georgia.