Takeoff’s Life Celebration at Atlanta Arena: Fans and Celebrities Gather to Remember Rapper Migos

By Samantha Schnurr, Miguel A. Melendez, ETOnline.com.

Days after his untimely death, fans packed Atlanta’s State Farm Arena to celebrate the life of Kirshnik Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff.

Organized by the Migos star’s family, the celebration took place Friday afternoon in Takeoff’s native Georgia, where Drake and Chlöe were among those who performed at the moving rally presided over by Pastor Jesse Curney III of the New Mercies Christian Church.

“I was really sad to hear the news,” Curney previously said in a statement. “Kirshnik has been a loyal member since he was 10 years old. He and his family have been active and passionate supporters of the church and the community as a whole.

Curney continued, “When Titania (Davenport) and Mother Edna (Maddox) asked me to be part of the services, I was truly honored. My goal is to love and support them through and beyond this unimaginable time. As a church family, we want to show God’s love and serve them in any way we can.

Before the service, Cardi B and Offset were seen for the first time since the Migos rapper was shot. The couple were dressed in an all-black ensemble before the service. The hearse carrying Takeoff’s casket was escorted by police to Atlanta before arriving at its destination. Fans were also seen outside the arena holding signs pleading for an end to gun violence.

Rapper Da Brat appeared to attend the service, as she posted video of the scenery outside the State Farm Arena. She said she was looking out the window from the radio station. The arena’s jumbotron flashed a photo of the takeoff as a caravan of vehicles passed by on the rainy day.

His caption read: “#RIPTAKEOFF We #greet you. thank you for [your] contribution to culture. Yawl has changed the game. Your stream was da illest. We will miss you. 🙏🏽.”

DJ Khaled also took to Instagram and posted a photo of the late rapper with the caption, “Love you bro! LONG LIVE @yrntaekoff!”

DJ Akademiks posted a photo from the cover of the celebration of life program, featuring a collage of Takeoff photos and artist renditions.

Prior to the event, State Farm Arena announced that tickets were no longer available as the celebration had reached capacity.

On November 1, the rapper was shot dead at Billiards Bowling Alley in Houston. ET later confirmed that he died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was 28 years old.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the GRAMMY nominee’s family requested that donations be made to the new Rocket Foundation, founded in his honor, to support gun violence prevention programs.


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