Man charged with shooting murder of rapper Takeoff

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Patrick Xavier Clark, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Migos rapper Takeoff in downtown Houston, according to court documents. (Raquel Natalicchio/ / Houston Chronicle via AP, file)


A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on Thursday indicted a man for the murder of Takeoff, a member of the rap group Migos.

Patrick Clark, 33, was arrested in connection with the December death.

Takeoff, 28, was shot dead on Nov. 1 outside a private party at 810 Billiards and Bowling in Houston. “There was an argument outside the bowling alley that led to the shooting,” Houston police chief Troy Finner said at the time. Another man, Cameron Joshua, was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in connection with the shooting.

Police described Takeoff as an “innocent bystander” to the altercation leading up to the shooting.

In the arraignment document, the state alleges that Clark “unlawfully, willfully and knowingly commits the felony of deadly conduct by knowingly firing a firearm at and toward” Takeoff.

Clark’s attorney, Letitia Quiñones-Hollins, told CNN that charges were expected.

“We want to ask people to remember that a very, very minimal standard of proof must be met in order to obtain an indictment,” she said in a statement. “If we go into a courtroom and face a jury where we can present our evidence and question the state’s witnesses — where the standard of proof is guilt beyond a reasonable doubt — we expect the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.”

Clark remains under house arrest on $1 million bail.

Takeoff was the youngest member of the trio Migos, alongside his uncle Quavo and rapper Offset. Artists like Justin Bieber and Drake remembered Takeoff as a talented rapper and loving friend and family member at his memorial service last year.

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