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Suspect arrested in murder of Migos rapper Takeoff

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Matt deGrood, John Wayne Ferguson, Nicole Hensley

Houston Chronicle

A man on Friday was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Migos rapper Takeoff, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said.

“We stood here a month ago, and made a promise that we would get the individuals or the individual that’s responsible for the murder of Takeoff in custody,” Finner said.

That happened late Thursday night, when Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, of Channelview, was taken into custody peacefully, Finner said.

Police arrested Clark on the east side of Houston after learning he was planning to travel to Mexico, according to court documents. When he was arrested he was found with a large amount of cash, court documents state.

Takeoff, who was born Kirsnick Khari Bell, was shot Nov. 1 outside 810 Billiards & Bowling, a bowling alley on the third floor of the GreenStreet shopping mall, in downtown Houston.

Clark is accused of shooting a gun into a crowd of people who had gathered outside the bowling alley during an early-morning party. Some of the people had been playing a “lucrative” game of dice and something during the game caused an argument that ended in gunfire, police said.

Police said they believed Takeoff was a bystander and not a participant in either the dice game or the argument. Takeoff was hit in the back and the head and died at the scene. Two people were injured in the shooting but survived.

Finner said he spoke to Takeoff’s mother Friday morning. Mayor Sylvester Turner said he had also kept his counterpart in Atlanta informed about the investigation.

“More than an entertainer, (Takeoff) was a son, a brother, a cousin and a friend, and a mentor to those in the music industry,” Turner said. “I’m glad that a suspect has been arrested and charged for Takeoff’s death. It certainly, I think, will bring some comfort to the family, even though it does not bring Takeoff back.”

Police believed more than 30 people were outside the bowling alley when the shooting happened. However, none of those people stayed at the scene of the shooting to talk to investigators, officials said.

Investigators relied heavily on ballistic evidence and videos recorded near the bowling alley to identify Clark, police said. They revealed few other details about their investigation during an afternoon news conference.

Police said they were still seeking witnesses and urged people who saw the shooting to come forward.

“We will be looking to find you,” said Houston Police Sgt. Michael Burrow. “It will be easier if you come find us.”

Harris County district court records show that Clark was the subject of a shooting investigation in 2018, but no charges were filed after the case was no-billed by a grand jury. Public records show no other criminal charges against him in Texas or other states.

Clark is the second man arrested as part of the investigation.

A man who witnessed Takeoff’s shooting is also facing gun possession charges, but his attorney contends he is by no means responsible for killing the musician.

Police identified Cameron Joshua, 22, as having attended the party where Takeoff was shot and killed. Joshua, who had a theft conviction in California, was arrested on Nov. 23 and was in custody at the Harris County Jail as of Friday afternoon..

Takeoff, 28, was the youngest member of Migos, the Grammy nominated rap trio from suburban Atlanta that also featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

The group’s 2013 single “Versace” went viral and became their first Billboard-charting song, buoyed by a remix featuring Drake. Migos built on at success with several crossover hits that bridged the hip-hop and pop gap.

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