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Murdered rapper, Takeoff receives Atlanta’s esteemed Phoenix award.


Takeoff, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, was out with his uncle Quavo when he was shot and died earlier this month outside a Houston bowling alley.

His bandmates Quavo and Offset gave tributes to Takeoff and longtime Migos partner Drake at his memorial service, which was held at State Farm Arena in the city.

The Phoenix Award, the highest accolade bestowed by the City of Atlanta and given to Takeoff’s family by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, honors exceptional services.

Following the terrible passing of Takeoff last week, Dickens issued a video message on Instagram denouncing gun violence.

“I’m asking us to focus on stopping the violence, I’m asking us (to honor) the essence of a young man like TakeOff – only 28 years old, a humble, good, family dude, somebody who like I said was introspective, versatile, gives good lyrics but also thoughtful,” Dickens said. “We need to live in that peace, go forward living in that light.”

Dickens also criticized people who captured the crime scene after the killing and uploaded videos and photographs of it. He concluded the video with a prayer for Quavo, who was present when Takeoff was shot to death.

“You and your entirely family, you can count on us and the city of Atlanta,” Dickens said.

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