Here’s what you should know about this high-profile shooting and the man at the center of it, Kenneth Cherry Jr. aka Kenny Clutch.
1. Kenny Had an Argument Before the Shooting Took Place
Before the drive-by shooting, Las Vegas police reported that Clutch, 27, got into an argument with some unknown group at the Aria Resort and Hotel. Clutch and a few of his friends proceeded to leave the area and soon drove up North on Las Vegas Boulevard and ended up at Harmon Avenue.
2. The Shooters Are on the Loose
While Clutch and his passenger were waiting at a stoplight in a Maserati vehicle, shots were fired from a black Range Rover around 4:20 a.m. The car and its occupants are still being sought after by police. Las Vegas police Sgt. John Sheahan had this to say to Inside Bay Area:
We have numerous witnesses. But what is the genesis of this? We don’t know yet.
3. A Taxi Cab Driver and His Passenger Were Killed
After being shot at, the silver-gray Maserati ran a red light next to the Flamingo then crashed into several cars and slammed into a nearby taxi. Upon collision, the taxi cab’s fuel tank ignited and exploded into a fireball. The cab’s driver and passenger were both killed in the ensuing blast. A Vegas jogger by the name of Eric Lackey was nearby the scene when he got a cellphone pic of the taxi as it burned.
4. One of Clutch’s Passengers Survived
One of Clutch’s passengers suffered an arm wound, but is reportedly cooperating with police from a hospital bed. Four other people were reportedly injured in the vehicle pile-up that resulted from the crash.
5. He Was An Aspiring Rapper
Kenneth Cherry Jr. went by the stage name of rapper Kenny Clutch. He made his stay in Las Vegas while trying to move along his rap career. He’s been featured in two music videos, plus he’s created several social media profiles for his fans to follow (MySpace page, Facebook page and Twitter page).
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6. He Was Also A Pimp
Kenny Clutch was reportedly a well-known pimp, along with his rapper moniker. His social media profiles showcase various pics of him with several different women.
7. His Attorney and Aunt Knew Him as a Kind-Hearted Individual
His attorney, Vicki Greco, knew Kenny as a a kind man who’s death was shocking to hear about:
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. 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.
Kenny’s aunt, Pat Sims, spoke about him to the Oakland Tribune:
I can tell you this … the world has lost a good man. I’m not saying he didn’t have his faults, but he was very kind, especially to older people. Whatever happened in Vegas, I don’t know about, but he was a very kind soul.
8. He Had A Criminal Record
Various sources told the Oakland Tribune Newspaper that Kenny had several arrests in Oakland and Berkeley, many for gun charges. He was convicted on a gun charge in 2007, stemming from an arrest in the Berkeley area.
9. He Just Moved to Las Vegas
Kenny had just moved to the Las Vegas area from Oakland, California, to pursue his music career. His MySpace page makes note of his time spent in several high schools in the California area, which is is home state.
10. He Was Killed Two Blocks from Where Tupac Was Murdered
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Kenny’s shooting death took place two blocks away from the shooting death of a famous rapper — Tupac Shakur. Tupac was shot and killed at the intersection of Flamingo Boulevard and Koval Lane (in Paradise, Nevada) as he rode in in a car alongside Death Row Records Chairman Suge Knight. Tupac died six days later from his gunshot wounds on September 7, 1996. The first map shows the location of Kenny Clutch’s death, from point A at the Aria hotel to the trail leading up to point B’s Harmon Avenue and the Vegas Strip. The second map displays the resounding area where Tupac was shot and killed.