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Numerous celebrities, including pop stars Justin Bieber and Chloe Bailey, gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Byron Cage, and thousands of people gathered in Atlanta on Friday to celebrate the life of Migos rapper Takeoff, who was killed in a shooting.
According to Jeffrey Wilson, an Atlantan, “His mother was up there, and I could see the tears in her.” “I personally felt a sense of kinship, as if I knew him personally.”
Rapper Drake talked about his enjoyable experiences touring with Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset of the Migos in 2018, according to TMZ.
Offset claimed that his 28-year-old cousin had “changed the culture of music” in a statement that was caught on camera by someone who managed to sneak a cell phone into the gathering. He then began to cry and cried out to God for assistance.
He prayed into a microphone with his head bowed, “Lord, give us the strength… give us some strength, the family, everybody, give us some strength.” “I’m sorry to bother you, but I don’t understand. Sometimes I just don’t get you. And you have my faith, Father.
Scriptural readings, prayers, musical performances, personal reflections, and a poem were all part of the ceremony, according to a program shared on one attendee’s Instagram Stories. Although the event’s organizers forbade the media from entering, several fans who left the gathering attested to the presence of Quavo and Offset as well as Justin Bieber and Drake.
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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the funeral started at noon local time and lasted roughly three hours. Fans who were able to obtain tickets, which were only available to residents of Georgia, lined up in the rain outside State Farm Arena before the funeral. According to the newspaper, the 21,000-seat arena was about three-quarters full.
The Phoenix Award, the highest honor bestowed by the city, was given to Takeoff by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens during the service, according to the AJC.
Jenifer Loving, 22, told the Associated Press that Migos’ music is “just something that you can play anywhere, and everybody will just come out and come around and dance” as she waited in line on Friday with her young son.
It is the way it unites people. It’s the way it just fills the space with positivity, said, Loving.
The rapper was quiet and kind, according to 16-year-old Lyana Morrison, who claimed to have spoken to Takeoff a few times after running into him at the Atlanta airport, who spoke to the AJC.
She told the newspaper, “They just need to stop all the killing because life is really getting too short to keep losing people.
Takeoff, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot dead on November 1 outside a Houston bowling alley while Quavo and Offset were also present. Although two more people were shot, no one has been taken into custody.
This report was made possible by the Associated Press.