Aspiring Oakland rapper, Kenny Clutch, killed in driveby shooting in Las Vegas

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The driver of a Maserati that was shot up early Thursday morning on Las Vegas’ famed Strip, causing the vehicle to crash into a taxi cab and leading to a deadly explosion, was a 27-year-old aspiring rapper, according to his family.

Three people were killed and at least six injured as a result of the 4:30 a.m. shooting and subsequent car crashes in a section of the Strip that includes Caesars Palace, Bally’s and the Bellagio.

The shooting came after the occupants of a Range Rover and the Maserati got into an altercation in the valet area of the Aria hotel and casino, according to Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

“We have numerous witnesses to this,” Las Vegas Police Sgt. John Sheahan said. “But what is the genesis of this? We don’t know yet.”
A major manhunt is under way for the occupants of the Range Rover.

Kenny “Clutch” Cherry of Oakland, Calif. was at the wheel of the Maserati, his father told NBCBayArea.com on Thursday, when a black Range Rover with tinted windows and black rims pulled up and allegedly opened fire near a stoplight in the pre-dawn hours.

A passenger was injured by the gunfire and Cherry was killed, causing the car to spin out of control. The careening silver Maserati smashed into a taxicab, trapping the passenger and driver and causing the cab to burst into flames; both occupants were killed, police said. Then, the Maserati smashed into three other cars before coming to a stop.

The Maserati driver was a Chico State dropout who had gone to Las Vegas to pursue a rap career, father Kenneth Cherry, Sr., told NBCBayArea.com. He had filmed a music video on the Strip featuring his Maserati just months before. Cherry left behind three children, including a toddler and 2-month-old baby girl.

“I heard there was some sort of disagreement and the guys pulled to the side of him, and rolled their window down, and he rolled his window down,” Cherry said. “They just started shooting. My son for the record did not have any guns in his car. There was no gun battle. Nothing like that.”

Attorney Vicki Greco told Reuters she had represented the deceased Cherry in a civil case and a few traffic issues.
The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner confirmed Cherry's identity and said he died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The taxi driver was identified as Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas. His passenger was Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash. Both died of "multiple blunt force injuries," the office said.

All three deaths were classified as homicide.

In Las Vegas, visitors and law enforcement reacted with shock to the violent spectacle. The Strip has seen other recent incidents of violence, including a man who fired a gun inside the Circus Circus casino on New Year’s Eve and a parking garage shooting on Feb. 6.

“We get stabbings and gang violence,” Mark Thompson, a visitor from Manchester, England, told The Associated Press, “but this is like something out of a movie. Like ‘Die Hard’ or something.”

Officers are searching for the Range Rover with paper dealership plates and its male African-American occupants, police said. They are combing through surveillance tape for clues.

“Finding those involved is a top priority for my agency and law enforcement here in southern Nevada,” Sheriff Douglas Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told NBC affiliate KSNV.

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  • GhostdenithegawdGhostdenithegawd Up from da 36 chambers HarlemPosts: 7,804 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2013
    Like i said in the other thread in another forum this was some grand theft auto shit

    Only characters from gta would show up in Highly expensive car to shoot at somebody
    CashmoneyDux
  • PimpMVPPimpMVP Posts: 6,331 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That nigga ain't aspiring no more.
    illedoutGhostdenithegawdnj2089CashmoneyDux
  • Worl'boss Worl'boss 6 SidePosts: 5,445 ✭✭✭✭✭
    vegas is a hot spot for drive bys
  • Iceberg SlickIceberg Slick Posts: 725 ✭✭✭✭
    Vegas be thick. Amateurs putting work. Now other niggas gotta adapt. The desert oven just got turnt up something serious. Yellow lighting on the red lighting like a Clyde Carson single.
  • blackstarrblackstarr Posts: 1,209 ✭✭✭✭
    CSI Vegas aint solving no murder case under an hour when a rapper is involved
    lookdude
  • I'd imagine it has to be a grip of cameras all up and down such a hot ass place as the Vegas strip.
  • semi-auto-matosemi-auto-mato Posts: 1,528 ✭✭✭✭✭
    damn shame
  • jayvon32jayvon32 Posts: 896 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn guess he wasnt a clutch player...
  • vslykevslyke Posts: 661 ✭✭✭✭
    They only rappers if they get killed or get thrown in the slammer.... they "artists" if they alive and free.
  • GhostdenithegawdGhostdenithegawd Up from da 36 chambers HarlemPosts: 7,804 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2013
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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The black SUV used as a getaway car in a pre-dawn shooting and crash that killed an aspiring rapper in a Maserati and two people in a taxi on the Las Vegas Strip was found Saturday as police named a 26-year-old man as the prime suspect.

    Ammar Harris was being sought in connection with the shooting and six-vehicle chain-reaction carnage Thursday on the neon-lit boulevard near the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Bally's and Flamingo resorts, police said.
    "His location is unknown," police Capt. Chris Jones said of Harris, who sometimes goes by the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris. Police say he has been arrested for working as a pimp.
    Police released a photo that was taken when Harris was arrested last year on pandering, kidnapping, sexual assault and coercion charges.

    The disposition of that case was not immediately known.
    The photo shows Harris with tattoos on his right cheek and words on his neck above an image that appeared to depict an owl with blackened eyes. Jones warned that Harris should be considered armed and dangerous.

    Police had been searching for the black Range Rover, with blackout windows and distinctive black rims, since it was last seen speeding from the shooting. It was located at an apartment complex just a couple of blocks east of the neon-lit boulevard, and was impounded as evidence, Jones said.
    The shooting killed aspiring rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr., who was driving a dark gray Maserati that was peppered by gunfire from the SUV.


    Taxi driver Michael Boldon and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, of Maple Valley, Wash., died when the Maserati hit their taxi, which exploded in flames.
    Boldon, 62, was a family man who moved from Michigan to Las Vegas. Sutton-Wasmund, 48, was a businesswoman and mother of three.
    A passenger in the Maserati was wounded in the arm and four people from four other vehicles were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The Maserati passenger was cooperating with investigators. His name hasn't been made public.


    The shocking chain of events had family members and friends in Las Vegas, California, Michigan and Washington trying to grasp the blink-of-an-eye finality of it all.
    "My son was a good boy," Kenneth Cherry Sr. told reporters Saturday in a news conference convened by Las Vegas lawyers Vicki Greco and Robert Beckett.


    Beckett said they wanted to respond to rumors that the 27-year-old son — who produced a rap video using the name Kenny Clutch — was a gangster and a troublemaker. The attorneys had represented his son, and now represent his estate and the family.
    "My son was a victim just like the two people in that taxi," Kenneth Cherry Sr. said. "Trouble found him. The people in the taxicab, trouble found them."
    Court records show Cherry had no criminal cases or convictions in Las Vegas, and police said there was no record of arrests.
    The Clark County coroner determined that Kenny Cherry died of at least one gunshot to the chest. Boldon and Sutton-Wasmund died of injuries in the crash. All three deaths were ruled homicides.
    Police say the shooting appeared to stem from an argument at the valet area of the upscale Aria resort-casino about a block south of the crash scene. The shooting happened after a night featuring Morocco-born rapper French Montana at Aria nightclub Haze.




    Cherry's parents live in Emeryville, Calif., and the father said his son's body would be taken back to Oakland. He said his son started a music career there and was recognized by other rappers within a West Coast hip-hop strain called hyphy.


    Cherry wasn't well-known in wider music circles, according to Chuck Creekmur, CEO of AllHipHop.com.
    Kenny Clutch's YouTube music video, "Stay Schemin," shows scenes of hotels along the Strip as he sings about paying $120,000 for his Maserati.

    "One mistake change lives all in one night," he raps in one verse.
    Kenneth Cherry Sr., who said he runs a cellphone business, said he helped his son make payments on the Maserati. He said he last spoke to him on Wednesday, when they talked about the high cost of the son's cellphone use.


    Cherry Sr. described his son as an entrepreneur but didn't say how he made money or if he had jobs other than his music production.
    Boldon's family in Las Vegas was struggling to cope with his death, said Tehran Boldon, the taxi driver's younger brother.
    Boldon's sister, Carolyn Jean Trimble, said Boldon was a father, a grandfather and a car race enthusiast who drove a Mercedes when he wasn't in a cab. He owned a clothing store in Detroit and worked at a car dealership, his sister said, and drove taxis after moving to Las Vegas about 1½ years ago.

    The irony that a man with a taste for beautiful cars was killed by a sports car wasn't lost on Trimble.
    "He would be tickled to death: 'Damn, of all things, a Maserati hit me, took me out like that,'" she said. "I'm happy he didn't suffer."
    In Washington, Sutton-Wasmund co-owned a dress shop, said Debbie Tvedt, the office manager for a Maple Valley plumbing company that Sutton-Wasmund started with her husband, James Wasmund. Sutton-Wasmund was in Las Vegas attending a trade show with her business partner.
    "It's a big loss," Tvedt said in a telephone interview with AP.


    The Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce website said Sutton-Wasmund was a board member from 2004 to 2011 before becoming a marketing representative.
    A phone message left for James Wasmund was not immediately returned.


    The famously glowing, always-open Las Vegas Strip was closed for some 15 hours after the crash. Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Kemmer recalled a similarly long closure after the 1996 drive-by slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur.
    That shooting — involving assailants opening fire on Shakur's luxury sedan from a vehicle on Flamingo Road — happened about a block away from Thursday's crash.
    The Shakur killing has never been solved.

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  • DJ Pauls ArmDJ Pauls Arm Posts: 1,888 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn Cuz got the Tupac treatment on the Vegas Strip.
    32DaysOfInfinitinj2089CashmoneyDux
  • P. TownP. Town Posts: 26,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Aspiring rappers ride down the Vegas strip in Maserati's now huh? Yep, his whole team about to go down
    32DaysOfInfinitiCJCashmoneyDux
  • 32DaysOfInfiniti32DaysOfInfiniti Posts: 3,587 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Weird story, the snitch who lived bout to shed light on how he got that car to the cops.. its going down
  • TurfaholicTurfaholic Funky like poopa scoop #scumbag The Bay 2 Sin CityPosts: 11,704 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Weird story, the snitch who lived bout to shed light on how he got that car to the cops.. its going down

    Kill my fam and friends and im taking ya life or making the rest of it miserable fuck that snitch shit after you just attempted to take my lite.

  • antarticpantarticp Posts: 8,551 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2013
    OT driving an 150k vehicle even if you legit i wouldnt suggestion traveling with out some sort of protection ... @least carry some mase ... if you can afford that car pay for some security if you not about that life .... sad thing is if he had the hammer or security on deck he might be alive ...................

    but this so sad ... both of these dudes was getting it ... one had a range tricked out and the other had a maseratti ... COME ON SON !!!!!!!!! yall could of stayed broke in the hood and did this shit ... smh ....
    RawAce
  • TurfaholicTurfaholic Funky like poopa scoop #scumbag The Bay 2 Sin CityPosts: 11,704 ✭✭✭✭✭
    antarticp wrote: »
    OT driving an 150k vehicle even if you legit i wouldnt suggestion traveling with out some sort of protection ... @least carry some mase ... if you can afford that car pay for some security if you not about that life .... sad thing is if he had the hammer or security on deck he might be alive ...................

    but this so sad ... both of these dudes was getting it ... one had a range tricked out and the other had a maseratti ... COME ON SON !!!!!!!!! yall could of stayed broke in the hood and did this shit ... smh ....

    That was my reaction. "You drivin a maserati and range Rogers, why is yall niggas fueding?" Come to find out is was over some hoes
  • Mr.ForteMr.Forte Posts: 2,698 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Life is real short, live it up. Stop the hate

    RIP
  • TurfaholicTurfaholic Funky like poopa scoop #scumbag The Bay 2 Sin CityPosts: 11,704 ✭✭✭✭✭
    antarticp wrote: »
    OT driving an 150k vehicle even if you legit i wouldnt suggestion traveling with out some sort of protection ... @least carry some mase ... if you can afford that car pay for some security if you not about that life .... sad thing is if he had the hammer or security on deck he might be alive ...................

    but this so sad ... both of these dudes was getting it ... one had a range tricked out and the other had a maseratti ... COME ON SON !!!!!!!!! yall could of stayed broke in the hood and did this shit ... smh ....

    That was my reaction. "You drivin a maserati and range Rogers, why is yall niggas fueding?" Come to find out is was over some hoes s
  • NoCompetitionNoCompetition Posts: 2,570 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I dont know nothin about this story but looks like they already know who they lookin for. smh at this situation.
  • scrapper1scrapper1 Posts: 2,303 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hate how they always connect rap to these stories.. so, if a guy is playing basketball and gets shot..will they refer to him as an aspiring NBA player instead of the gang bangin, murdering individual that he really is?
  • Iceberg SlickIceberg Slick Posts: 725 ✭✭✭✭
    I'd imagine it has to be a grip of cameras all up and down such a hot ass place as the Vegas strip.

    This the game changer in Vegas like my pops say. These niggas stupid thinking yeen getting caught. Vegas been slowing down anyways, use Mexicans to promote but I aint set up shop at the heart of Vegas. These niggas with Cherry got it twisted they more about that extortion hustle.
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