Boxing star Shakur Stevenson was standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Takeoff just before fatal shooting
The twenty-eight-year-old hip-hop icon Takeoff was killed outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2.30 am on Tuesday, November 1
HOUSTON, TEXAS: A new video has revealed that the rising boxing star Shakur Stevenson was standing next to Migos’ member Take Off moments before the rapper was fatally shot dead. The twenty-eight-year-old hip-hop icon, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2.30 am on Tuesday, November 1.
The video obtained by TMZ appears to show another Migos member, Quavo, Takeoff's uncle, indulging in a verbal spat over a dice game. The rapper, further along in the video, was also seen making at least two mentions of "basketball." In the starting minutes of the video, the boxer can be seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Takeoff.
The 25-year-old boxing star, who recently made headlines after defeating Robson Conceição in his hometown at Prudential Center, was seen wearing a blue hat and black t-shirt as the argument turned deadly. Sharing his grief, Shakur on Tuesday, night tweeted “R.I.P. Takeoff.” In another Instagram post, the boxer shared a song and wrote ‘rest easy Takeoff’.
Stevenson was born in Newark, New Jersey, but recently moved to Houston. The two-division champion Stevenson is managed by rap mogul turned boxing impresario James Prince. Prince is also the founder of Rap-A-lot records.
It is also reported that Migos members including Quavo and TakeOff’s cousin Off Set were celebrating Prince’s son Jas Prince’s birthday that night. Prince’s second son J. Prince Jr even shared an Instagram story earlier in the evening, reading “Bowling party tonight at 9 p.m. DM for details.” “Quavo, No Cap, and Shakur Stevenson on the way.” Prince Jr wrote in a separate post, according to Boxing Scene.
However, TMZ reported that Jas was not at the scene when the Migos members got into a fight with the 'wrong mob ties'. The statement released by Quavo on Takeoff’s death read, “It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirshnik Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff. Senseless violence and a stray bullet have taken another life from this world and we are devastated. Please respect his family and friends as we all continue to process this monumental loss.”
Authorities said two other victims, a 23-year-old man, and a 24-year-old woman, were also rushed to a hospital in a private vehicle albeit their respective conditions were unclear at the time of publication. When he was killed early on the morning of November 1, Takeoff, according to police, was not engaged in any criminal activity. Houston police reported that the shooter is still at large.