Rapper Takeoff to be honored by fans at Atlanta memorial service

Fans will gather Friday to remember murdered rapper Takeoff, a member of hip-hop trio Migos, in downtown Atlanta, near where the 28-year-old grew up.

State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, is holding a memorial service to celebrate the rapper’s life and music. Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was fatally shot earlier this month outside a Houston bowling alley. A woman and another man were also injured in the shooting. No arrests were made.

Free tickets for the memorial service were available for Georgia residents, but the State Farm Arena said the event had reached capacity and fans without tickets should not come downtown.

The venue has not released a schedule for the event. Emails to representatives of Migos arena and label Motown were not immediately returned.

The Grammy-nominated Migos trio also included Takeoff’s uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. All three were largely raised by Takeoff’s mother in an Atlanta suburb.

Migos broke nearly a decade ago with the 2013 hit Versacewhich skyrocketed even further in popularity thanks to a Drake remix.

Takeoff was the youngest of the group and often considered its most laid back member.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, her family asked people to donate to the Rocket Foundation, which was created in Takeoff’s honor and aims to prevent gun violence, according to its website.


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