Takeoff: Houston police make arrest for rapper’s killing


One month after the fatal shooting of Takeoff, Houston authorities arrested and charged a man with murder in connection with the rapper’s slaying, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner announced at a news conference Friday.

Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested on Houston’s east side Thursday night. Another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was arrested last month and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, the chief said. When asked how the latter was connected to the case, Finner said Joshua was at the scene and was “in possession of a weapon (and) he’s a felon.”

CNN is trying to find out if the two suspects have representation.

Takeoff, a member of the platinum-selling rap group Migos, was shot and killed outside a business on Nov. 1 after a private event. He was 28. His uncle Quavo and cousin Offset were the other two members of the trio.

“We lost a good man,” Finner said during the press conference. “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him, but everyone, the hundreds of people I’ve talked to talked about what a great individual he was.”

In a motion filed Friday, Harris County prosecutors requested a $1 million bond for Clark, arguing he should be considered a “flight risk.” Shortly after the killing, Clark allegedly applied for an expedited passport, which he received immediately before his arrest, according to the motion. When he was arrested, he had a “large amount of cash,” the court document added.

Prosecutors also made several other requests, including that Clark surrender “all passports, visas or other travel documents,” be barred from leaving the immediate vicinity of Harris County and be subject to a curfew.

Although the incident remains an active investigation, what authorities know is Takeoff “was an innocent bystander,” Sgt. Michael Burrow, with the Houston Police Department’s homicide unit, said Friday.

“The event was a private party, there was a lucrative dice game that took place at the event, there was an altercation that happened afterward outside the bowling alley, which led to the shooting,” Burrow said.

Takeoff was not involved in the dice game or the argument, and he was not armed, Burrow said.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Takeoff was a talented entertainer and much more.

“He was a son, a brother, cousin and a friend and a mentor to those in the music industry,” the mayor said, calling the arrest in his killing a “significant step toward seeking justice.”

“I would like to express my regret and disappointment that this was a case of another young man taking the life of another young man for no reason,” he added. – Gun violence everywhere, not just in the city of Houston, must stop.

“Pulling a firearm can have fatal consequences that you cannot undo. So I’m glad that an arrest has been made, that we have someone in custody. It’s unfortunate, it’s really unfortunate because it’s not bringing Takeoff back,” Turner said.

Authorities are still working to locate and speak with witnesses, and both Burrow and the police chief encouraged those who were at the scene and fled to contact authorities and share what they know.

“Any person killed in our city is tough, and it’s tough for their family, tough for their friends. Everybody deserves an investigation,” said Finner, the police chief. “But … we need people to go, too up. Do your part as a citizen and if you see something, say something. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Step up and say something.”

More than 30 people were standing outside when the shooting happened, Burrow said.

“Literally every single one of these people left the scene without giving a statement to the police,” he said. “We found a few of them that night, we’ve found others since then, but it’s important that those people come forward.”

Meanwhile, authorities have had to rely on “a large amount of video surveillance,” cellphone videos, audio, physical and ballistics evidence and reconstruction efforts in the shooting in their investigation.

“Through that, we were able to deduce that Patrick Clark is the fatal shooter in the case,” Burrow said.


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