Takeoff to Be Remembered at Public Memorial With Select Tickets Free for Fans

Migos Rapper Takeoff Dead At 28. American rapper Takeoff (Kirshnik Khari Ball) of hip hop trio Migos performs at the 7th Annual BET Experience At L.A. LIVE Presented By Coca-Cola - Day 3 held at Staples Center on June 22, 2019 in Los Angeles — Photo by imagepressagency

Fans will be able to say goodbye to late Migos rapper Takeoff at a memorial service this Friday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

The celebration of life is open to the public and will begin at 12 p.m. on Nov. 11, according to a statement from the arena.

Fans who are Georgia residents can obtain two free tickets, starting today via Ticketmaster. The passcode is your zip code.

“Takeoff was one of the most influential names in modern music whose creativity left a profound impact on music and culture as we know it today,” the statement said. “The cherished Quality Control/Motown superstar was a part of the supergroup Migos and was a beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew and friend to so many.”

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The rapper, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed outside the doors of a bowling alley in Houston on Nov. 1. He was 28 years old.

The statement said Takeoff’s family will host the memorial service. In lieu of flowers or gifts, they are asking fans to donate to the Rocket Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on preventing gun violence with community-based solutions.

Photos and videos will be prohibited at the memorial. The statement adds that the media will not be allowed inside the venue. For security reasons, no gifts or art will be allowed inside or near the venue either.

The arena holds about 20,000 seats, but the memorial is being called a “limited-capacity event.”

Organizers are urging fans who don’t get tickets to stay away from Atlanta’s downtown area.

Rev. Jesse Curney, III of New Mercies Christian Church will officiate the service, according to local news station Fox 5 Atlanta.

Takeoff topped the charts with Atlanta-based trio Migos, along with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.

The late rapper was with Quavo at a private party in Houston when he was killed. Two other people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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In a news conference the day of the shooting, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said the violence at 810 Billiards & Bowling stemmed from an argument. There were about 40 people at the gathering, yet Finner said police were having a difficult time tracking down witnesses after most of them fled the scene.

The police chief urged anyone with information to “step up” and help investigators close the case.

“I just want to say something to our city — Houston. And every brother and sister in the neighborhoods,” Finner said. “I’m calling you to action, to step up. There were 40 people at least at this event and people left possibly out of fear. I ask you one thing, and I want this to resonate with everybody. What if it was your brother, what if it was your son?”