Aspiring rapper among three dead in Las Vegas strip shooting and car crash

By Daniel S Levine,

Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting and car crash that killed three people on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning. One of the victims was an aspiring rapper from Oakland.

The Oakland Tribune reports that Ken Cherry, 27, was driving the Maserati that was involved with the shooting. Cherry, whose stage name was Kerry Clutch, had been shot before accelerating and hitting a taxi. The driver and passenger of the cab were killed when the taxi burst into flames.

Cherry’s Maserati stopped a few feet from the taxi. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Six others were injured, but police have not released their names.

“Out of everyone I know in the rapping industry, there is no way I would have ever, ever expected to find that he was shot on the Las Vegas strip in such an aggressive manner,” Cherry’s attorney, Vicki Greco, wrote on Facebook, reports CNN. “He didn't have a (criminal) record or a history. He was just a good kid trying to make it and be a good father.”

The family of the cab driver, Michael Boldon, 62, told KVVU that he was an “honorable man.”

“My life mission would be to see them punished and brought to justice for the senseless thing they did,” Boldon’s brother, Tehran told the station. “They do not know who they touched.”

The incident occurred at 4:20 a.m. Thursday morning. Police are still looking for the Range Rover, which had out-of-state dealer plates, Las Vegas Police Sgt. John Sheahan confirmed.



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