Takeoff: Drake and Justin Bieber join the crowd at the Migos rapper tribute in Atlanta.



A star-studded memorial service for the Migos rapper Takeoff was attended by thousands of mourners in Atlanta, Georgia.

Several celebrities, including Chloe Bailey, Justin Bieber, and Drake, were reportedly present at the “celebration of life” ceremony on Friday.

The 28-year-old musician was killed earlier this month in a shooting at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.

Police are still looking but have not yet made any arrests.

The almost three-hour event was held at the State Farm Arena, a 21,000-seat venue, and many braved the weather to attend.

Relatives – including the two surviving members of Migos, his uncle Quavo and his cousin Offset – led with heartfelt tributes to the young artist

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens gave the late rapper, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, the city’s highest honour: the Phoenix Award.

The event also featured musical performances from Bieber, Bailey, and gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Byron Cage.

No media was allowed inside the venue, and phones and recording devices were also banned.

But in images and videos leaked on social media, Drake and others were shown making heartfelt speeches.


Drake also perfomed on stage


Following the event, a motorcade was seen carrying Takeoff’s body to its final resting place.

The rapper was killed on 1 November by a stray bullet after an altercation broke out at a private party he was attending in Houston.

Police Chief Troy Finner, who has said at least 40 eye-witnesses may have been in attendance, has pleaded with the community to provide information.

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