Music Executive J. Prince Speaks Out On Takeoff’s Death

The rapper was fatally shot at 28 years old.

Music Executive J. Prince has broken his silence about Takeoff’s death. He is the father of Jas Prince and a notable executive in Houston's music scene. 

J. Prince wrote on Instagram, “The Prince family would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of a beautiful soul @yrntakeoff. To Houstonians and families around the world, this one breaks my heart because Takeoff was a brother, a son, a role model, and a God loving human being.”

He continued, “Grief is the price of love; a bill people from across the globe are paying right now as we mourn this loss. I’ve been knowing Takeoff, Quavo and Offset for many years and there has been nothing but mutual love for one another and that ain’t going to ever change where we are concerned. This shouldn’t have happened. This shouldnt have ever happened in our city. This shouldn’t have been recorded, and this damn sure shouldn’t be circulating across social media for family, friends and fans to see.”

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He also added, “I consider myself a man that’s quick to listen and slow to speak, therefore to whomever is responsible for putting that bullet in my little nephews head, let it be known that you can’t hide behind me, beside me or anywhere near me because I don’t tolerate dumb shit. I speak these words not knowing whos bullet is responsible for his death. With that being said, the root of this tragedy is foolish and has to be owned by the fool…. I will sum this up by saying a gun in the hands of any human that close his eyes to shoot and doesn’t have the proper skills of operating that gun is dangerous and the results usually end with innocent people who had nothing to do with the altercation being shot or killed.”

Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was fatally shot in the early hours of Nov. 1 outside a Houston bowling alley, the Houston Police Department said, according to The New York Times. The shooting occurred after a private party ended. An argument led to gunfire from at least two weapons while a large group of about 40 people gathered near the front door.

Takeoff, 28, was found dead at the scene, CNN reported. A man, 23, and woman, 24, suffered nonlife-threatening injuries in the shooting.

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