Oakland Rapper Kenny Clutch Killed In Las Vegas Shooting


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By Henna Kathiya

The shooting and fiery car crash that took place early Thursday morning (February 21) in Las Vegas claimed the lives of three people. One of the victims has finally been identified as Kenneth Cherry Jr., an aspiring rapper who went by the name Kenny Clutch.

Kenny, originally from Oakland, lived in Las Vegas. The details of the crash are still a little hazy, but according to reports from the LA Times, the car crash happened after bullets were fired from a black Range Rover that hit the Maserati that Kenny was driving. Both vehicles left from the Aria resort on the strip and for reasons that still remain unclear the drivers of the Range Rover sent several bullets towards Cherry’s Maserati. The sports car drove into the intersection at Flamingo Road and hit a taxi, which caused an explosion killing both the driver and passenger.

Kenny later died at the hospital. His attorney, Vicki Greco lamented his sudden death. "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," she said.

According to Greco, Cherry was a good kid who didn’t have a record. He was just a father of two kids trying to make it.

His aunt, Pat Sims, told the Oakland Tribune that the world had lost a good man. "I can tell you this ... the world has lost a good man," she said. "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."

The intersection where the fiery crash happened is also close to the site of another tragedy. Tupac Shakur was shot and killed two blocks from where Kenny’s car collided with the taxi.