On November 1, US rapper Takeoff was fatally shot in Houston. Now the police are reporting an arrest in the case. The suspect may have been about to flee.
A suspect has been arrested a month after the death of US rapper Takeoff in Houston. The 33-year-old was charged with murder, the Texas city police said. He is said to have shot and killed 28-year-old Takeoff - real name Kirsnick Khari Ball - on November 1 in Houston. In addition, a 22-year-old was reported in connection with the incident for illegal possession of weapons.
According to investigators, the fatal incident happened after a private party at a bowling alley. Shots were fired during an argument. Sergeant Michael Burrow described the rapper as an "uninterested bystander" on Friday. He was unarmed and not involved in the argument. "We lost a good man," said Police Chief Troy Finner.
Together with rappers Quavo and Offset, Takeoff formed the Grammy-nominated group Migos from Atlanta, Georgia. Migos celebrated successes with hits like "Versace", "Bad and Boujee" and "MotorSport". Thousands said goodbye at a large funeral service in mid-November. Musicians such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Chloe Bailey and Yolanda Adams also paid tribute to him. His family set up a foundation dedicated to community projects to combat gun violence.
$1 million bail has been requested for the 33-year-old suspect. The prosecutors justified the high sum with the considerable risk of absconding of the man. Shortly after Takeoff's death, the accused is said to have applied for an express passport, which he received immediately before his arrest, the application says. When he was arrested, he was carrying a "large amount of cash," according to the court document. The authorities are still working to find and interview witnesses. They again linked the news of the arrest to a call for possible witnesses to be asked to contact the authorities.