The arrests were made in the fatal shooting of rapper Migos Tykov
Police have arrested two people in connection with the murder of famous rapper Migos Tykov, Houston authorities said Friday that he was an “innocent trans” when he was shot and killed last month.
Houston Police Chief Troy Fenner said at a news conference that Patrick Clarke, 33, was arrested Thursday for murder.
“We were able to conclude that Patrick Clarke is the fatal shooter in the case, which is why he was charged with murder,” said Houston Police Department Sgt. Michael Borough said.
The official said another suspect, Cameron Joshua, was arrested on November 22 for illegally carrying a weapon.
“He was there at the scene, and he had a gun,” Fenner said. “He’s a criminal.”
News of the arrests came one month after the Nov. 1 killing of Kirchnik Khari Paul, known as Tykov, outside a bowling alley in downtown Houston. He was 28 years old.
Officials said Takeoff and Quavo, 31, another member of the Migos, were at a private party at 810 Billiards & Bowling. Police said gunfire broke out near the entrance after the party ended.
Takeoff died of penetrating “bullet wounds to the head and torso of the arm,” according to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s report.
During Friday’s press conference, Boro said an altercation outside the bowling alley after a dice game led to the shooting.
“I can tell you Takeoff wasn’t involved in playing the dice game, he wasn’t involved in the argument that was going on overseas,” Burrow said. “He was not armed, he was an innocent bystander.”
“Definitely wrong place at wrong time, absolutely no evidence to say anything different,” Fenner added.
Police will not discuss whether Clark and Joshua knew Takeoff, or if they were invited to the private party.
Officials said the shooting is still under investigation.
Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, a rap trio from suburban Atlanta that also featured his uncle Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, and cousin, Offset, or Kiari Kendrell Cephus, 30. Migos debuted as a group in 2008 but did not. It made it big until 2013, when she released her mega hit single “Versace,” which became even more popular when Drake appeared on the remix.
The group had four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, although Take Off was not in its first week number one “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert. Migos has released a trilogy of albums titled Culture, Second Culture, and Third Culture, with the first two albums charting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Takeoff also released a solo album, The Last Rocket, in 2018.
Reactions of shock and devastation poured in from fans and musicians alike when news of his death broke.
“I have the best memories of us seeing the world together and shining light on every city we touch,” rapper Drake wrote, captioning a photo of him and Tykov on stage on Instagram. “That’s what I’m going to focus on now.”
Chance the Rapper Share a picture of him with him Migos members on Twitter, writing: “Needless to say my heart is broken and confused… But I have to say Take is one of those good friends who always acknowledges you, always makes sure you were good and will always say God save you first. Oh man I hope If only I had more times to see you on this earth.”
A month before his death, Takeoff danced alongside Quavo at a listening party for their new album, Only Built for Infinity Links. The new album was supposed to be the next step in Takeoff’s already brilliant career.
“I spoke to Tykov’s mother early this morning,” Fenner said Friday. “We lost a good man, and it was not a pleasure to meet him, but everyone, the hundreds of people I spoke with, spoke of him being a wonderful individual.”
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