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A Suspect in Takeoff’s Murder Has Been Arrested

The alleged shooter was apprehended on December 1 in Houston.

Takeoff performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25 2021 in Los Angeles California.

Takeoff performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Courtesy of Rich Fury via Getty Images

A suspect in the murder of Migos rapper Takeoff has been arrested and charged, per CNN. Patrick Clark, 33, who is known around Houston as a local DJ under the name DJ Pat, was apprehended on December 1.

Michael Burrow, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department, told the press that Takeoff was “an innocent bystander” in the fatal shooting, which took place November 1 outside of a bowling alley. Burrow detailed that Takeoff and Quavo were attending a private event and that “a lucrative dice game” was taking place when the bullets were fired. According to Houston’s ABC 13, Burrow said Takeoff was neither participating in the dice game nor was he armed at the time. There were reportedly over 30 people present when the shooting occurred, but they all fled the scene before police arrived, leaving the authorities to rely on “a large volume of video surveillance” from sources like phone camera videos as they tried to track down the bystanders.

In a press conference after the shooting, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner requested unity and support from the rap world, saying, “Sometimes the hip-hop community gets a bad name. We all need to stand together and make sure nobody tears down that industry.”

Clark is the second person arrested in connection with Takeoff’s death. Another man, Cameron Joshua, was arrested November 22 on felony gun charges after being seen in the grisly video of the shooting. According to KHOU 11, Joshua is not being charged for murder or for firing the weapon, and does not appear to be a direct suspect in Takeoff’s killing.

On December 1, Offset performed in Miami, marking his first time rapping live since Takeoff’s death. His wife Cardi B was there supporting him, and he told the gathered crowd that he was performing “for my brother, for Takeoff.”

Takeoff was 28, and released the album Only Built for Infinity Links with Quavo just a few weeks before his death. His first posthumous verse appears on Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains, released December 2.

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