Murder of Aspiring Rapper Another Case Of Senseless Violence


Aspiring rapper Kenneth Cherry was killed in an early morning incident in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.  Police are conducting an “intense” nationwide search for the occupants of a Range Rover that was seen leaving the scene of the incident.  According to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, “the incident started about 4:20 a.m. with a dispute in the valet lot of the Aria hotel, about a block away. Investigators haven’t confirmed the cause of the altercation, but he said it spilled onto the street.”  Following that altercation, Cherry, also known as Kenny Clutch, was driving his Maserati when someone in the Range Rover fired several shots at his car as it headed north on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Maserati continued into the intersection of the boulevard and Flamingo Road and collided with a taxi, which caught fire, killing cab driver Michael Boldon, 62, CNN affiliate KVVU said.  The fire caused a block and a half of the strip to be closed right by Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio.  Police are gathering surveillance video in hopes of finding a lead as to who was driving the SUV or a license plate.  The area of the shooting took place two blocks from where rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered in 1996.  Cherry’s attorney Vicki Greco said of the aspiring rapper, “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.”  It appears to be another senseless murder in an industry that has seen too many of them.  And the reasons for the violence has so often been so silly; respect.  Those that demand respect, know that they really don’t deserve it which is why they demand it.  I suppose that sometimes you can take the man out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the man.  It’s a shame because it resulted it another senseless taking of a life.

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