The mother of late rap star Takeoff this week has filed a lawsuit against the downtown Houston bowling alley were the 28-year-old was shot and killed in November, according to Harris County District Court records.
Titania Davenport on Wednesday sued 810 Houston LLC, the owner of 810 Billiards & Bowling, as well four other companies involved in the venue’s ownership or management, according to the lawsuit.
In the complaint, Davenport accuses the bowling alley of not providing sufficient security personnel and screening for the event in October, which they knew would draw a large crowd that could include celebrities.
Takeoff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, attended the private party where “one group of attendees began verbally, physically and openly causing trouble and trying to intimidate” him and his friends, the complaint says.
This led to gunfire being exchanged between “two people or groups,” which resulted in Takeoff’s death by stray bullets.
The business was “rented by a well-known music personality and hosted by defendants knowing that it was taking place ‘after hours’ and with potentially many artists, popular athletes and public figures,” the lawsuit states.
“Despite these facts, defendants provided no screening mechanisms, no after-hour controls or security measures, and no enforcement of rules or industry standards to deter crime against their invitees, including Takeoff”
, the suit says.
Takeoff’s mother, who also manages her son’s estate, is seeking more than $1 million in monetary relief and a trial by jury for damages including personal injury, wrongful death, funeral expenses and mental anguish.
In late May, the man accused of committing the crime, 33-year-old Patrick Xavier Clark, was indicted for murder by a Harris County grand jury following his arrest in Houston last December.
Houston Police Department said that the gunfire was over a game of dice disagreement and Takeoff was not involved, according to WSB-TV. Takeoff was believed to have been “an innocent bystander.
He was shot in the head and back according to an autopsy. Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested and indicted on a murder charge in connection with Takeoff’s death. Variety reported that Clark was arrested last December.