A rapper from the Georgia-based rap group Migos was shot and killed at a Houston bowling alley early Tuesday morning, all apparently the result of a fight over a dice game.
Twenty-eight-year-old Takeoff, who was one-third of the hip-hop trio, was pronounced dead at the scene when Houston police and fire arrived at a private party being held at 810 Billiards & Bowling. Two other victims were injured in the shooting and transported to area hospitals.
Security guards were in the area but reportedly did not see who did the shooting.
Footage obtained by TMZ shows the rapper, whose real name is Kirsnik Khari Ball, lying on the ground as another person calls 911 for help at around 2:30 am.
More footage shows Takeoff and friends cruising around Houston just hours before he was killed.
Many on social media were shocked to learn of the young man’s death over something as trivial as a dice game, while others found it to be completely unsurprising.
“Brothers, we must stop killing one another, especially over dice games, Twitter beefs, and gangs that don’t even mean anything anymore. Let’s get married, buy homes, raise our kids, watch them graduate college, get old, become grandfathers, then die surrounded by people we love,” wrote political analyst Jason Nichols.
Brothers, we must stop killing one another, especially over dice games, Twitter beefs, and gangs that don’t even mean anything anymore.
Let’s get married, buy homes, raise our kids, watch them graduate college, get old, become grandfathers, then die surrounded by people we love.
— Jason Nichols (@drjasonnichols) November 1, 2022
OVER A GAME OF DICE?????? wtf is going on
— $𝔩𝔞𝔭☃️ (@slvppy) November 1, 2022
“Niggas saying ‘over a dice game’ Bro do you know how many black men have died in America over dice games since the 60s?? Tens of Thousands,” one user responded.
Niggas saying “over a dice game”
Bro do you know how many black men have died in America over dice games since the 60s??
Tens of Thousands
— MASTER STUDENT🤲🏾 (@MUSICANDBUILDS) November 1, 2022
Ain’t no fixin the community you dumb mf’s kill each other over dice games and 2k.
They gone forever laugh at us.
— DON JUAN 👹💕 (@DeeGatti_) November 1, 2022
This ain’t the first mf any of us have heard getting clapped over Dice…it’s a sad truth not a damn narrative https://t.co/hF6KOdkxfS
— Big Brother Munch (@swedertontaro) November 1, 2022
Yall telling me y’all recorded him dead on the floor but ya ain’t record the nigga that shot him. This shit wild bruh that man was always so quiet, that man wasn’t never in no media drama like this world on some bullshit…over dice. That jealousy real. Rip #Takeoff 🕊️
— Liss Rye (@litty_rye) November 1, 2022
Dice games been ending like this since the 80s.
— Glock Turner (@NoHandouts_) November 1, 2022
they were playing a dice game and quavo was losing a lot of money so he was a bit pissed off and started an argument with a mob member. shit escalated and everyone got up and started shooting. couple of the shots accidentally hit takeoff and killed him
— txmmo (@txmmo7) November 1, 2022
They be forgetting they are famous and a huge target to these folks. They shouldn’t even be trusting anyone at all in general, but especially being out at 3:00am.
— tashà (@tashamichielle) November 1, 2022
One person observed, “We can blame music, environment, and racism in some policies in America. But in the end it comes downs the mental state and heart of a person when committing these types of actions.”
We can blame music, environment, and racism in some policies in America. But in the end it comes downs the mental state and heart of a person when committing these types of actions.
— Jack (@Rippa78) November 1, 2022
Migos was formed by Takeoff, his uncle Quavo, and cousin Offset in 2008. Their first big hit was “Versace” in 2013 and the record went multi-platinum. In 2017, the group was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Rap Album” category for “Culture,” and they also received a “Best Rap Performance” nod for their hit track “Bad and Boujee.”
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