Migos rapper Takeoff is honored at memorial service in Atlanta


As many as 20,000 people are expected Friday for a celebration of the life of Migos rapper Takeoff, who was fatally gunned down outside a bowling alley in Houston earlier this month.

Takeoff, whose real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, was 28.

Fans quickly secured tickets to the memorial service at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena shortly after they became available Tuesday.

Free tickets to the Celebration of Life, which begins at noon ET, were made available to Georgia residents only through Ticketmaster.

The service is expected to be a star-studded event, which will include Canadian rapper Drake.

Officials said Takeoff and Quavo, 31, another member of the hip-hop group Migos, were at 810 Billiards & Bowling in downtown Houston at a private party when the incident took place earlier this month.

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An autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston found that Takeoff had died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Police are still looking for a suspect in the deadly shooting.

Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the suburban Atlanta rap trio that also featured his uncle Quavo, real name Quavious Keyate Marshall, and a cousin, Offset, or Kiari Kendrell Cephus, 30. The group first broke through with the hit “Versace” in 2013, with the song being remixed by Drake.

Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, has postponed a scheduled show at the Apollo Theater to attend the event.

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“The Apollo show has been moved to allow us to pay respects to our dear friend this weekend,” Drake wrote in an Instagram story, according to Rolling Stone magazine. “We’ve added a second date for the fans.” A Drake representative confirmed the reports.

Drake had shared a heartfelt Instagram post on November 1, the day Takeoff died, in which he wrote, “I have the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch.”

“I’ll focus on that now,” Drake wrote.

“Takeoff was one of the most influential names in modern music whose creativity has had a profound impact on music and culture as we know it today,” according to the State Farm Arena event page for Takeoff’s celebration of life. “Part of the supergroup Migos, the beloved Quality Control/Motown superstar was a beloved son, grandson, brother, cousin and friend to so many.”

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The event page said fans who were unable to secure tickets “were strongly encouraged not to come downtown.” It said no gifts or items should be left on or near the venue.

The public memorial is expected to follow a strict no photos or video policy, barring media from access to cover the event, according to the event page.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com