Rapper From Oakland Killed In Las Vegas Shooting, Fiery Crash

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A rapper with Oakland ties was one of three people killed in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday, authorities and his attorney said today.

Kenneth Cherry Jr., 27, who performed under the name Kenny Clutch, was "loyal and dependable" and in real life wasn't like the gangster image he projected in his videos, said attorney Vicki Greco.

She said Cherry grew up in Oakland and his family members in Oakland "are devastated by their loss." Greco said Cherry has lived in Las Vegas for at least five years and she has represented him in a civil case and several minor traffic tickets.

She said he had two children that she knows of.

Las Vegas police said they believe the shooting may have stemmed from a confrontation that Cherry had with several men in the area of the Aria Resort and Casino shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday.

They said Cherry drove his Maserati down Las Vegas Boulevard and the occupants of a Black Range Rover shot at his car and struck him.

Police said Cherry continued driving, went through a red light and struck a taxi at the intersection with Flamingo Road.

The cab burst into flames, killing the driver and a passenger, according to police.

Cherry's Maserati came to rest near the taxi and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Las Vegas police said that in addition to the three people who were killed six other people were injured. Police spokesman Marcus Martin said the suspects' vehicle was last seen traveling northbound on Las Vegas Boulevard away from the scene and authorities in Nevada and surrounding states are still trying to find the vehicle and the suspects.

Greco said the image that Cherry projected in his videos "was not him" but said "people act the part for their jobs." She said Cherry "was very driven and goal-oriented and was on his way to reaching his aspirations but his career was not at its peak yet."


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