The memorial service for rapper Kirsnick Khari Ball, professionally known as Takeoff, was observed on Friday, and family, friends, and fans of the 28-year-old gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of the artiste.
Commencing at noon at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena, today’s service was open to the public, allowing Takeoff’s fans to say their farewells to the rapper. While Georgia residents were gifted free tickets for the memorial, the remaining tickets for the general public were sold out for the 20,000-capacity arena. A jumbotron at the arena’s entrance displayed a photograph of the entertainer along with the message “Celebrating the life of Takeoff.” Guests’ phones were locked in pouches by ushers during the service, as it was required that no recording devices be used at the memorial.
Takeoff’s close relatives spoke at the service, as did his friend Drake, who shared memories of his time touring with Takeoff’s group Migos, and his uncle/bandmate Quavo, as well as his cousin Offset, who was formerly a member of Migos. Gospel singer Yolanda Adams and R&B artiste Chloe Bailey performed during the rapper’s send-off ceremony, as did Justin Bieber, who has collaborated with Quavo and the Migos in the past.
Takeoff, the youngest member of the rap group Migos, was fatally shot in Houston at a bowling alley on Tuesday, November 1. The investigation into the rapper’s murder is still ongoing, and no arrest has been made.