Houston Police Arrest For Murder Of Rapper Tycoff | CNN
One month after Takeoff’s fatal shooting, Houston authorities have arrested a man and charged him with murder in connection with the rapper’s death, Houston Police Chief Troy Viner announced at a news conference Friday.
Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested on the east side of Houston, Thursday night. Another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was arrested last month and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon, the official said. When asked how the latter connected to the case, Fenner said Joshua was at the scene and was “in possession of a gun (and he’s) a felon”.
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Takeoff, who was a member of platinum-selling rap group Migos, was fired outside a company on November 1 after a private event. He was 28 years old. His uncle Quavo and cousin Offset were two other members of the trio.
“We’ve lost a good man,” Fenner said during the news conference. “It was not a pleasure to meet him but everyone, the hundreds of people I spoke with, spoke of him being an amazing individual.”
In a motion filed Friday, Harris County prosecutors demanded $1 million be paid to Clark, arguing he should be considered a “flight risk.” Shortly after the killing, Clark applied for an expedited passport, which he obtained immediately prior to his arrest, according to the application. The court document added that when he was arrested, he had “a large sum of cash.”
Prosecutors also made several other requests, including turning over Clark “any and all passports, visas, or other travel documents,” preventing her from leaving the immediate vicinity of Harris County, and placing her under a curfew.
Although the incident is still an active investigation, what authorities do know Takeoff was an “innocent bystander,” Sgt. Michael Burrow, of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division, said Friday.
“The event was a private party, and there was a lucrative dice game that happened at the event, and there was an argument that then took place outside the bowling alley, which led to the shooting,” said Burrow.
Burrow said Takeoff did not engage in dice games, arguments, and was not armed.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tikoff was a talented artist and so much more.
“He was a son, brother, cousin, friend and mentor to people in the music industry,” said the mayor, calling his arrest in his murder “an important step toward the pursuit of justice.”
He added, “I want to express my regret and disappointment because this is a case of another young man killing another young man for no reason.” “Gun violence everywhere, not just in the city of Houston, must stop.”
“Pulling out a firearm can have deadly consequences that you can’t undo. So I’m glad there are arrests, because we have someone under arrest. It’s unfortunate, it’s really unfortunate that it doesn’t bring back a take-off,” Turner said.
Authorities are still working to find and speak to witnesses, and both Borough and the chief of police who were at the scene and fled urged them to contact authorities and share what they know.
“Anyone who gets killed in our city, it’s hard, and it’s tough on their family, tough on their friends. Everyone deserves an investigation,” said Police Chief Viner. “But… we need to step up people too. Do your part as a citizen and if you see something, say something. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Step up and say something.”
Boro said more than 30 people were standing outside when the shooting happened.
“Literally every one of those 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 but it’s important that these people step up.”
Meanwhile, authorities had to rely on “a significant amount of video surveillance”, cell phone video, audio evidence, physical and ballistic evidence, and shooting reconstruction efforts in their investigations.
“From that, we were able to conclude that Patrick Clarke is the fatal shooter in the case,” Burrow said.
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