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Migos rapper Takeoff remembered by fans at funeral in Atlanta after being murdered in downtown Houston

Atlanta, GA– Thousands gathered to say a final goodbye to Migos rapper Takeoff in his hometown of Atlanta after he was murdered in downtown Houston more than a week ago.

The celebration of life took place Friday morning at the State Farm Arena and was open to Georgia residents who had purchased tickets in advance. The arena announced that it had reached capacity.

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Fans erected a memorial at the Houston crime scene. Flowers, candles, photos and artwork are located outside of 810 Billiards and Bowling where the shooting took place.

“Let it SLIDE,” a Baton Rouge group, traveled to Houston to share their message following the rapper’s death.

“SLIDE” stands for “Stop Letting Intense Drama Escalate”.

“The situation that has occurred is exactly what we are trying to avoid,” said Timothy Morgan, who serves as the organization’s president.

The group reaches out to youth in their community to combat gun violence by offering life skills, employment, entrepreneurship and other programs.

“We want to make it cool,” said program director Laadonis Williams. “Rather than harm you, rather than fight, rather than lead to gun violence, I’ll just let you slide. you wronged me I wronged you We’ll just break up. We’ll just let it slide.”

Meanwhile, the murder remains unsolved and no arrests have been made.

The Houston Police Department held a press conference that day asking people to come forward with any information about what happened. Since then there have been no major updates from police, who continue to say it is an ongoing investigation.

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Takeoff was 28 years old. He was the youngest and often considered the most laid-back member of the Grammy-nominated rap group.

“He really just got his flowers. Quavo has done solo albums of course, Offset has done a solo album now, but he’s only just gotten to his own. This is a major pain for the hip hop community. ATL hurts right now,” Hall said.

Takeoff’s family is asking that donations to the Rocket Foundation be made in lieu of flowers or gifts. It was created in his honor to support programs that help prevent gun violence.

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