Man charged in rapper TakeOff’s murder

After Patrick Xavier Clark allegedly shot and killed rapper TakeOff, Clark wanted to make a clean getaway, like out of the country.

He applied for an expedited U.S. passport which would allow him to fly to Mexico with bundlers of cash. But the long arm of law caught up with him on Thursday and he was in jail by Friday.  

He was ordered held on a $2 million bond during his first court appearance. Prosecutors want him held without bond.

Cameron Joshua, a friend of Clark’s, was also arrested on charges of carrying an unlawful weapon.

TakeOff, 28, whose given name is Kirsnick Khari Ball, was killed in downtown Houston after attending a private party at 810 Billiards and Bowling Alley. Police said the shooting stemmed from an argument over a dice game, but Takeoff was an innocent bystander.

TakeOff was a member of Migos along with Quavo and Offset, a Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio, which formed in 2008 in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, and gained mainstream recognition and rose to stardom in 2013 with their song “Versace.”

Thousands of fans paid tribute to the slain rapper during a memorial at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena last month.

Houston Police Sgt. Michael Burrow said TakeOff was with more than 30 people when he was shot by Clark who had a wine bottle in one hand and a pistol in the other. He escaped by jumping into a waiting car, but the wine bottle was left behind, making it possible for the police to track him down.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said “too many young men of color are killing other young men of color. And that has to stop.† 

Recently, a young Black gunman killed three members of the University of Virginia football team in Charlottesville, Virginia, who were returning to school following a group trip to Washington, D.C.

 In another deadly shooting, a Black gunman killed six of his co-workers, including three Blacks, at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, before killing himself.