The record label of Migos, Quality Control Music, has shared a statement following the death of band member Takeoff after he was shot and killed during a dispute at a bowling alley yesterday (November 1st).
The label released all four of the Georgia trio’s albums, from their 2015 debut, Yung Rich Nation, to 2021’s Culture III, and their statement starts: “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,” it continues. “Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to process this monumental loss.”
Takeoff was shot early Tuesday morning at the 810 Billiards & Bowling venue in Houston, Texas, where he was attending a private party with Migos bandmate and uncle, Quavo. Per the reports, a man opened fire on the rapper after a disagreement happened during a game of dice. The rapper was pronounced dead at the scene after a suffering a gunshot to what appeared to be either the head or neck.
Per a report in KHOU-11, the Houston Police Department are appealing for witnesses to help identify the assailant. “I’m calling you to action, to step up. There were 40 people at least at this event and people left possibly out of fear,” Department Chief Troy Finner told the press after the Takeoff’s death. “I ask you one thing, and I want this to resonate with everybody. What if it was your brother, what if it was your son. You would want somebody to step up. So please step up.”
Given that Takeoff was such a prominent figure in rap, the shocking news of his death saw many other big names share their tributes, including Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, Dave and AJ Tracey.