Aspiring Rapper Killed in Vegas Shooting, Crash

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LAS VEGAS (CNN) — Police are on an “intense” and “extremely focused” nationwide manhunt for the occupants of a black Range Rover at the center of a shooting on the Las Vegas strip that claimed three lives.

The incident involved a Maserati that was shot at and subsequently crashed into a taxi, which caught fire.

The driver of the Maserati, whom family identified as Kenneth Cherry Jr., died at a hospital. The taxi driver and a passenger also died.

The shots were fired from the Range Rover, which Las Vegas police spokesman Bill Cassell said could be anywhere.

Police have received multiple reports of vehicles that match the description, but “at this point, we have no information that the vehicle in the crime has been located,” he said Friday.

Cassell declined to say if there was one suspect or several, citing the ongoing investigation.

Cherry, an aspiring rapper known as Kenny Clutch, was driving his Maserati on Thursday 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.

“It is gut-wrenching,” Boldon’s brother, Tehran Boldon, tearfully told KVVU. “My life mission will be to see them punished and brought to justice for the senseless thing they did.”

A passenger in the taxi also died. A passenger in the Maserati and three others were injured in the pileup, Sheriff Douglas Gillespie said.

The fire closed a block and a half of the Strip near some of its biggest draws: Caesars Palace, the Bellagio, Bally’s and the Flamingo. Police collected surveillance video from the casinos.

The shooting took place two blocks from where rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in 1996.

Cherry prominently features his Maserati in a music video on YouTube.

“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,” said Vicki Greco, Cherry’s attorney. “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.”

Cherry had two children, she said.

“First time in Vegas, and then, like, the whole thing, what you know from movies only — I was shocked,” said Christine Gerstenberger, who was visiting from Germany.

Thursday’s incident started about 4:20 a.m. with a dispute in the valet lot of the Aria hotel, about a block away, Gillespie said. Investigators haven’t confirmed the cause of the altercation, but he said it spilled onto the street.

The Maserati’s passenger and other witnesses are helping detectives piece together what happened, he said. The “top priority” for police is to find those who were inside the Range Rover, which sped away from the intersection.

John Lamb, who was inside Caesars Palace, told CNN affiliate KLAS that he heard the commotion and saw the taxi on fire from a window.

“There was a loud bang, and I heard two other booms. I looked out my window at Caesars Palace … and could see the fireball,” he told KLAS.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stoppers of Nevada at (702) 385-5555.

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  • yarrov

    When the smoke is cleared, rap lovers should worship Tupac Shakur because he's a God. He's like no others.
    It's proven with the trace of His work in a such mysterious way.
    September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane. He died 6 days later.
    On February 21, 2013, Kenneth Cherry Jr., a rapper also known as Kenny Clutch, was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Blvd. It started with an argument/altercation at Aria Hotel. After the shooting, the Range Rover was caught on Venetian surveillance video heading toward Koval Lane.

    Go to google maps in a browser window. Click [Get directions].
    In box A, copy and paste this "Koval Ln & E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169" (location where Tupac was shot)
    In box B, copy and paste this "S Las Vegas Blvd & NV-592 W, Las Vegas, NV 89109" (location where Kenneth Cherry Jr. was shot)
    Click [Add destination], you see box C opened.
    In box C, copy and paste this "3730 North Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109" (it is the address of Aria Hotel)
    Now, click [Get directions]
    Going back from C to B to A, the altercation at Aria was to initiate the journey. Kenneth Cherry Jr. was picked up at half way to join Tupac Shakur at where he was to where he is. The delivery was violent involving some people's deaths, but perhaps that's how Tupac the God got his junior companion delivered to him. The transport vehicle, the SUV headed toward Koval then disappeared. Kenneth Cherry Jr. was chosen by God.

  • granadafan

    With each senseless gun violence, the position of the extremist conservative Teapublican and NRA nutjobs frows weaker and weaker. They sound like a broken record bleating out the same lies everytime despite all the evidence proving them wrong again and again. Of course the teapublicans and NRA puppets lack the mental capacity to accept the facts and simply repeat the extremist NRA message.

    • Robert

      Where the hell do you live ? Have you ever been assaulted violently? sounds like your political ideology comes from the main stream simulacra media machine.Wake up, Look around pal or better yet come to Los Angeles where fantasy meets reality !! and if you are white it will hit you pretty hard real quick. Stop balaming and really start experiencing and learning what REALITY is all about.
      And turn off that damn television as it is the most powerful, frightening and destructive instrument of control that we are up against. Best wishes.

  • Robert

    MTV and that lame BET have to ban these worthless rappers. Rap is pure garbage and sends the wrong message to the youth of this country.
    Too bad for the innocents in this senseless act.

  • Bo and Luke Duke

    Aspiring Rapper. What the hell does that mean? All that Trash Rap sound (notice I did not use the word Music?) is nothing but ghetto stuff that glorify violence, Guns, Gold teeth, Big Ass girls shaking there fat ass around. These thugs do nothing but try to kill each other. so sad…..

  • fkkk

    What a waste, Its a shame how they will let anyone drive a Maserati. Hopefully it can be repaired.
    The auto dealer that sold it should face jail time.

  • mark

    Wonder why the cars they were driving & the guns they were using weren't manufactured & produced by a negro owned company?……..LMFAO at deez trhangz!………wonder why there's NOTHING deez creatures use & consume thats ACTUALLY manufactured & produced by a negro owned company?………WONDER WHY THAT IS?……….are these thangz 100% human, or are they sub-human?………..LOFL!!!……….do you think our govt should have unleashed chained creatures into our society?…….how's it working out?……LMFAO!…… aspiring rapper is just another term for,,,,UNEMPLOYED NEGRO!

  • Dougie

    Based on facts (not racism), where's there's African Americans…there's violence. Black leaders need to quit blaming others and begin to reduce violence in collaboration with the President. From Chicago to Memphis (& now Vegas), it's out of hand.

  • mayer beaton

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