Fans and celebrities remember the takeoff at Atlanta’s funeral

A large public memorial service was held Friday for rapper Takeoff at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jenifer Loving, 22, stands in line with her son, Mateo, for the Takeoff memorial service in Atlanta.

Jenifer Loving, 22, stands in line with her son Mateo more than an hour before the doors opened to fans for the memorial service for slain rapper Takeoff, a member of hip-hop trio Migos, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Friday. , Nov. 11, 2022. He said Migos’ music represented the creativity and culture of the Black community and worried the group would be too sad to make new music _ at least for a while. “It’s something you can play anywhere, and everybody will come out and come and dance,” he said. “That’s how it brings people together. That’s how it makes the whole room fill with positivity.”

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Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was shot and killed on November 1 in Houston, Texas. He was 28.

The rapper released his first studio album, “The Last Rocket,” in 2018 and has featured on several chart-topping songs with artists such as Lil Wayne, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch and DJ Khaled.

However, the Georgia-born rapper was best known as a member of the trio Migos, which featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. The three rocketed to become some of the most recognizable names in hip-hop today, with singles like “Versace” and “Bad and Boujee” — the latter of which was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Family and celebrities including Drake, Cardi B and Justin Bieber attended the rapper’s funeral on Friday. TMZ reported that Bieber was expected to appear at the service.

Program page for the takeoff funeral.

Funeral program brochure for Takeoff’s funeral.

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A limited number of free tickets to the celebration of life were available to the public on Tuesday. By Wednesday, all tickets had been claimed, an arena employee told the Los Angeles Times.

People queuing outside an arena

People wait in line outside State Farm Arena to attend Takeoff’s funeral on November 11, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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A strict no photo and video policy was enforced inside the funeral. However, some took video, including an attendee who captured moments of Drake’s speech and posted it on Twitter.

State Farm Arena

State Farm Arena on November 11, 2022.

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