Takeoff’s “killer,” Patrick Xavier Clark, “was trying to flee the country on an expedited pass when he was arrested.”

THE suspect, who was recently arrested for allegedly killing Migos member Takeoff, tried to flee the country before being arrested, prosecutors claim.

Police said Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested for murder last week days after he allegedly hatched an escape plan – defense attorneys made an early court appearance claiming their client was simply enjoying a vacation in Mexico.

Takeoff's alleged killer tried to flee the country before being arrested, prosecutors claim

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Takeoff’s alleged killer tried to flee the country before being arrested, prosecutors claimPhoto credit: Getty
Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested for murder last week but his team claim he is innocent

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Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested for murder last week but his team claim he is innocentCredit: AP
Prosecutors claimed Clark received a passport, two tickets to Mexico and a large amount of cash days before his arrest

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Prosecutors claimed Clark received a passport, two tickets to Mexico and a large amount of cash days before his arrestCredit: AP
Takeoff was fatally shot after an argument over a lucrative dice game outside a private event on November 1, police said

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Takeoff was fatally shot after an argument over a lucrative dice game outside a private event on November 1, police saidPhoto credit: Getty

Clark was arrested Thursday night in east Houston — the same city where rapper Takeoff, 28, was gunned down outside a bowling alley on Nov. 1.

At a court hearing Monday, the suspect’s legal team argued their client was innocent after Houston police made allegations about his pre-arrest plans.

Prosecutors claimed Clark received a passport and bought tickets to Mexico just two days before he was booked.

The suspect also had a “large amount of cash,” according to court documents seen by Fox 19.

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Rapper Takeoff was on trial on rape charges before he was shot

“He wasn’t trying to go anywhere,” said Letitia Quinones, one of Clark’s attorneys, as Clark stood silently in an orange jumpsuit.

Fans were horrified when a shocking video of Takeoff emerged, showing Takeoff standing silently in a group of 30 people who were reportedly engaged in a fiery debate.

Houston police said the confrontation, which involved Takeoff’s cousin Quavo, followed a dispute over a lucrative craps game, according to the footage.

Investigators say things turned deadly when two suspects, one of whom was said to be Clark, opened fire and punched rapper Stir Fry in the head or neck.

Takeoff was not involved in the conflict and was “an innocent bystander,” police said Friday.

An autopsy report from the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Takeoff died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso.

Another rapper, Cameron Joshua, also known as Lil Cam, was arrested on November 22 and charged with dual possession by a felon.

Suspicion of Joshua’s involvement in Takeoff’s shooting reportedly came from fans on Twitter, who noticed him in video footage of the incident posted on social media, according to TMZ.

One person in the crowd is seen holding a gun as tensions in the altercation begin to rise.

However, during Wednesday’s indictment, prosecutors and the defense reiterated that 22-year-old Joshua did not fire the firearm during the incident and was arrested for being a felon in possession of a gun.

HPD chief Troy Finner attributed those arrests to an extensive police investigation after none of the more than 30 witnesses came forward to help identify the 33-year-old suspect.

According to the police, a man and a woman also suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and at least two people opened fire – investigators are still trying to locate witnesses who could help them provide more information.

Takeoff was notably a third of the popular rap group Migos, which also includes his cousin Offset and uncle Quavo.

Even after Takeoff’s death, Migos still has just over 19 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

The rap world mourned the death of Takeoff, who was described as a “peaceful and non-violent” person.

However, the US Sun exclusively revealed that the rapper faced a trial for alleged rape before his untimely death.

DEPARTURE TRANSFERD

Takeoff started his rap career in 2008 and quickly joined his family to form Migos who released their first mixtape in 2011.

In 2016, Migos released what is probably their most popular single, Bad and Boujee, which also featured artist Lil Uzi Vert.

The song was certified 4x multi-platinum according to the RIAA in 2017.

Even after Takeoff’s death, Migos still has just over 19 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Drew Findling, Takeoff’s attorney, told the New York Times that it was a “devastating loss” and that many other artists publicly acknowledged the rapper.

Offset spoke out about Takeoff’s death days after his death, sharing that he was in “excruciating” pain.

“Dear Take, the pain you left me is unbearable. My heart is broken and I have so many things to say but I can’t find the words,” Offset mourned.

“I know someone with a soul like yours is in heaven right now. I hope you can see how much we love and miss you. You left a hole in my heart that will never be filled.

“You left a hole in my heart that will never be filled. Give me strength, give strength to your brothers, give strength to your family. Even though I know you will always be with us, throw me a little token or a nice dream. I love you forever, 4L and beyond.”

FAMILY BOND

Quavo, who was right by Takeoff’s side as he breathed his last that fateful November evening, delivered a heartfelt message to his nephew days after his death.

“Dear Take, it’s so hard to tell you that I miss you because you’re always with me and we did everything together,” he began.

“Ever since we were kids you’ve been by my side, looking up to me, your eyes waiting for me to take the next step…then you followed me right in.”

He described TakeOff’s genuine passion for music and the fact that his “dream was to be a rapper” since Quavo didn’t know what he wanted to do.

Quavo described his nephew’s selflessness and that it was TakeOff who completed the “triplet flow”.

“He never worried about titles, credit or which man had the most shine, he wasn’t,” Quavo said. “He didn’t care as long as we brought it home to the family!”

The grieving rapper tried to make sense of TakeOff’s death, saying that despite being his nephew, he had always wondered what it really was to him and finally understood, “You are OUR angel.”

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