"We need to talk to our young people about valuing life and the importance of conflict resolution and walking away." That is how Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Nicole Hendrickson says they will honor the legacy of rapper Takeoff. Born Kirshnik Kari Ball in Lawrenceville, GA, the 28 year old, was shot and killed earlier this week outside a bowling alley in Houston, TX.
According to Hendrickson, "many young people look up to them." When the Migos talk about the North Side, she says "they're talking specifically about Gwinnett."
The family group attended school in the county. Like his uncle, fellow Migos member Quavo, Takeoff graduated from Berkmar High School in Lawrenceville, GA. Third group member Offset is Takeoff's cousin.
Quavo was also at the private event when the shooting occurred striking Takeoff in the head and neck area according to police.
Hendrickson says the community is "saddened by this tragic loss. We mourn with the family. We mourn with the friends, the fans. It's so senseless and tragic and did not have to happen."
Police are asking witnesses to the shooting to come forward in an effort to determine who fired the shots that claimed the life of Takeoff and injured two others.