Rapper Takeoff from Migos Shot Dead at Houston Bowling Alley

The rapper was killed at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas
By Andy Lalwani
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Takeoff, one third of the group Migos. was shot and killed overnight at a Houston bowling alley. He was 28 years old.

The Houston Police Department said they were waiting on a medical examiner to make a formal announcement and notify the victim’s family, however, another individual close to the investigation confirmed the rapper’s passing.

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Quavo, another member of the group Migos, was said to be with takeoff at the time of the incident. Two other victims were rushed to a hospital in private vehicles.

Takeoff was known as a fan favorite from the group and was credited with initiating the stuttering, triplet delivery that came to infiltrate hip-hop and trickle into the pop sphere.

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 26: (L-R) Migos Rappers Offset, Takeoff, Quavo and Hip Hop Nation Host Torae visit SiriusXM Studios on January 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)

Celebrities like Sza and more shared their thoughts on social media.

The event happened at roughly 2:35 AM at the bowling alley, which was on the third floor of San Jancinto and Dallas Street. The complex includes resultants and a Four Seasons hotel nearby.

There was a party going on that ended at roughly one in the morning, but the gathering carried over to later in the night. According to reports, forty people had gathered outside of the bar after closing when someone started to open fire. Security guards did not see who opened fire but confirmed they heard the shots.

In a statement released following his death, his lawyer Drew Findling wrote: “Takeoff was not only a brilliant musical artist with unlimited talent but also a uniquely kind and gentle soul. He will be greatly missed now and always.”