Social media has been flooded with messages honoring hip-hop star Takeoff, a member of the group Migos, after he was shot to death at age 28.
The rapper was killed Tuesday in a shooting on a balcony outside 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley. Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was reportedly there playing dice with Quavo, his uncle and bandmate.
According to police reports, someone suddenly opened fire at the venue, where around 40-50 guests were at a private party.
When they arrived at the crime scene, police officers found a terrified crowd. One man was lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head or neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two people were rushed to hospitals in private vehicles after suffering gunshot wounds, officers added.
Takeoff’s lawyer Drew Findling spoke to the media about the rapper’s death, saying it was “a devastating loss, particularly for Atlanta.”
Migos was a hip-hop group that topped the charts for several years, most notably in 2016 with their popular song Bad and Boujee, known for their staccato triplet rap style or “Migos flow.” Other of its famous songs were Versace and Walk It Talk It.
The band, considered the most influential of its generation, split earlier this year.
The other group members – Ja Rule, Khalid, Dave, and Kid Cudi – shared tributes to Takeoff on social media and sent their condolences to family and friends.
American rapper Rick Ross also posted a message in tribute to the late rapper, describing him as a “young legend.”
Lil Pump wrote on Instagram: “Forever a legend, I can’t believe this,” while fellow British rapper AJ Tracey tweeted: “Not Takeoff! RIP.”
Atlanta singer Keri Hilson posted a message on social media, saying, “Rest In Peace. Healing love to your brothers, family, & friends. #gonetoosoon.”
Reality star Khloe Kardashian wrote on Twitter that Takeoff’s death was “so sad,” adding: “Wow! over what?? May God cover everyone who is in pain. These senseless acts have got to end. So so sad.”