Fans remember slain rapper Takeoff at Atlanta memorial

Fans gathered on Friday to remember rapper killed Takeoffmember of hip-hop trio Migos, in downtown Atlanta, near where the 28-year-old grew up.

State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, held a memorial service to celebrate the rapper’s life and music.

Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed earlier this month in front of a Houston bowling alley. A woman and another man were also injured in the shooting. No arrests were made.

Free tickets for the memorial service were available for Georgia residents, and State Farm Arena said the event had reached capacity.

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Spectators attend the Celebration of Life for Migos Liftoff at State Farm Arena on November 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Jenifer Loving, 22, stood in line with her infant son, Mateo, for more than an hour before the doors to State Farm Arena opened to fans who were able to get a free ticket. She said Takeoff’s death was heartbreaking in part because he was only 28.

Migos’ music represented the creativity and culture of the black community, she said, and she worried the group was too saddened to make new music — at least for a while.

“It’s just something you can play anywhere, and everyone will come out and dance,” she said. “That’s how it brings people together. That’s how it fills the whole room with positivity.”

Eric Hood, an Atlanta firefighter, said he was shocked when he learned of Takeoff’s death because of the three Migos members he was considered the most laid back.

Migos music was an “escape” for many people, he said, and he hoped the event left the rapper’s family and the rest of the band with lasting memories of him.

“I pray for them,” he said. “I hope they continue to be uplifting, positive and influential members of society and keep moving forward.”

The venue has not released a schedule for the event. Emails to representatives of Migos arena and label Motown were not immediately returned.

The Grammy-nominated Migos trio also included Takeoff’s uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. All three were largely raised by Takeoff’s mother in an Atlanta suburb.

Migos broke out nearly a decade ago with 2013’s hit “Versace,” which soared even further in popularity thanks to a Drake remix.

Takeoff was the youngest of the group and often considered its most laid back member.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, her family asked people to donate to the Rocket Foundation, which was created in Takeoff’s honor and aims to prevent gun violence, according to its website.

Celebrity Tributes flocked to social media following Takeoff’s death. Earlier this week, LeBron James dressed as the rapper before a Lakers game. The NBA superstar posted an image of his outfit on Instagram, writing, “If you know me you know how much I love @yrntakeoff!! Still doesn’t feel real to me!”

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