'I ain't perfect': What promoter arrested for Takeoff's murder wrote

‘I ain’t perfect’: What popular club promoter arrested for rapper Takeoff’s murder wrote a week after the Migos star was shot dead when a ‘lucrative dice game’ descended into argument

  • Patrick Clark, 33, was arrested on Friday and charged over the rapper’s death
  • He wrote on social media a week after shooting: ‘I ain’t perfect, I’m solid tho’
  • Takeoff was shot in the head and torso outside 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston

The popular club promoter who was arrested for the murder of rapper Takeoff wrote ‘I ain’t perfect’ on social media a week after he allegedly shot dead the Migos star.

Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested on Thursday night and charged with the murder of Takeoff, who police said was an ‘innocent bystander’ when he was struck by gunfire outside a Houston bowling alley on November 1.

The 28-year-old musician was shot in the head and torso outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston after a ‘lucrative’ dice game descended into an argument. 

Clark is suspected of firing the fatal shots and it has since emerged that a week after the shooting, the strip club promoter tweeted on November 9: ‘I ain’t perfect, I’m solid tho.’

Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, (pictured) was arrested on Thursday night and charged with the murder of Takeoff, who police said was an ‘innocent bystander’ when he was struck by gunfire outside a Houston bowling alley on November 1

The 28-year-old musician (pictured) was shot in the head and torso outside the 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston after a ‘lucrative’ dice game descended into an argument

Tributes have come flooding in for Takeoff after the Migos rapper was shot dead ‘over a game of dice’ in front of his uncle and bandmate Quavo outside of a bowling alley in Texas on Tuesday.

As news of the shooting spread, friends and admirers of Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, took to Twitter to pay tribute.

Boxer Chris Eubank Jr said: ‘I remember @1YoungTakeoff being a very down to earth, cool dude. Cant believe I’m having to say this again about another young black star being killed for no reason, something really has to change in the industry, it’s sickening how easy & often people are dying. RIP Takeoff’.

Rapper Ugly God wrote: ‘do y’all not realize these n***** changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out? rip Takeoff. this man has been staying out the way, keeping it minimal, and minding his own buisiness since the beginning. If that’s not enough to be left alone, then idk.’

Reality star Claudia Johnson tweeted: ‘Sad & senseless. He was a bystander & got shot. We gotta do something about everyone & they momma in Texas having guns! Especially reckless folk who can’t simply disagree with people-they have to resort to this! My deepest condolences to the whole family of Takeoff. Gone at 28.’

Fellow rapper Russ tweeted: ‘rip takeoff’ followed by a prayer emoji, while YouTuber Nikita Dragun tweeted a picture of Takeoff.

Yung Miami of City Girls, tweeted her shock, writing: ‘Damn takeoff’ with a string of broken hearts.

US rapper Almighty Jay commented on Takeoff’s Instagram: ‘Bro you was so laid back gang you didn’t deserve none of that bro. I just talked to you bro. That s*** hurt.’

Clark, who ran the strip club The Flame HTX, also tweeted on November 8: ‘Been hurt so many times it’s hard for me to feel love.’

A day after the shooting, on November 2, Clark had tweeted: ‘God got me he been had me.’ x

As news of Clark’s arrest over Takeoff’s murder, those who knew him were shocked because ‘that’s not the type of person he is’ – with some claiming he was being ‘framed’.

‘I know him. He’s not like that. I honestly feel like they got the wrong guy,’ one of Clark’s friends told the Daily Beast. ‘He doesn’t get mad or hostile. He’s very nice and thoughtful. That’s all I have to say. I feel he is being framed.’

Rapper Jmali said: ‘You could see by the reactions of everyone that we’re shocked because that’s not the type of person [Clark] is. He was about business, not violence.’

He added: ‘Pat was similar to Takeoff in that he was quiet and just went about his business. That’s why this is so surprising to everyone here.’

Clark is now being held in jail awaiting a bond hearing following his arrest on Thursday night over Takeoff’s murder. 

Takeoff was shot outside the downtown bowling alley at around 2.30am on November 1, when police said a dispute erupted as more than 30 people were leaving a private party there.   

Police previously said another man and a woman suffered non-life-threatening gunshot injuries, and that at least two people opened fired. 

Police Sgt. Michael Burrow said during a Friday news conference that the gunfire followed a disagreement over a ‘lucrative’ game of dice, but that Takeoff was not involved and was ‘an innocent bystander.’ 

Finner said police do not know whether Clark was invited to the party or if he knew Takeoff.

Horrifying footage showed the desperate attempts of Migos rapper Quavo tried to help his nephew Takeoff after he was shot. 

Quavo, bandmate and uncle of Takeoff, looked distraught as he knelt over his nephew moments after the shooting as he can be heard screaming for help. 

Every person on the scene left without talking to police, Burrow said. Some of those people have since been located by the authorities, who have also worked to piece together events with ballistics, video and audio recordings, according to Burrow. He said investigators are still trying to track down witnesses. 

Footage shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor, while Quavo – wearing an orange top – rushes to his side and yells for someone to help

‘We will be looking to find you,’ he said. ‘It will be easier if you come find us.’

On Wednesday, authorities announced the arrest of Cameron Joshua in connection to the shooting. 

Joshua was charged with illegally having a gun at the time Takeoff was shot, but prosecutors said the 22-year-old is not believed to have fired the weapon.

Christopher Downey, Joshua’s attorney, told reporters that he has not seen anything to suggest that his client was involved in Takeoff’s killing.

Burrow said that investigators believe it was Clark’s gunfire that killed the rapper.

Prosecutors on Friday asked a court to set Clark’s bond at $1 million, arguing he is a flight risk. After Takeoff’s shooting, Clark applied for an expedited passport by submitting the itinerary for an ‘imminent’ flight to Mexico, according to court records. 

They say he was arrested the day he received the passport and was in possession of a ‘large amount’ of cash.

Fans and other performers, including Drake and Justin Bieber, celebrated Takeoff’s musical legacy in a memorial service last month in Atlanta.

Migos’ record label, Quality Control, mourned Takeoff’s death in a statement posted on Instagram that attributed it to ‘senseless violence.’

Migos first broke through with the massive hit ‘Versace’ in 2013. They had four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, though Takeoff was not on their multi-week No. 1 hit ‘Bad and Boujee,’ featuring Lil Uzi Vert. They put out a trilogy of albums called ‘Culture,’ ‘Culture II’ and ‘Culture III,’ with the first two hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

In the weeks before his death Takeoff, who released the solo album ‘The Last Rocket’ in 2018, and Quavo put out ‘Only Built for Infinity Links.’ Takeoff hoped the joint album with Quavo would build respect for his lyrical abilities, telling the ‘Drink Champs’ podcast, ‘It’s time to give me my flowers.’

As Clark’s arrest was announced Friday, Takeoff’s voice could again be heard, featured on ‘Feel The Fiyaaaah’ alongside A$AP Rocky on Metro Boomin’s album released that day, ‘Heroes and Villains.’

He sang, ‘It’s quiet right now in the streets.’

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