Rapper Kenny Clutch, 27, was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday morning on the Las Vegas Strip. Clutch, born Kenneth Cherry Jr., was driving a Maserati when a black Range Rover pulled up next to his car and fired shots, killing Cherry, who was driving. Cherry’s car then sped into an intersection and hit a taxi, which subsequently exploded, killing two members inside. In all, three people were killed and three others were injured in the incident, ABC News reports. Allegedly Cherry got into an argument with the members driving the Range Rover in the valet area of the Aria Resort and Casino shortly before the shooting.

Cherry had a history of arrests, as well as a gun charge from 2007, however his death, and the manner in which it occurred, shocked those close to him.

"I can tell you this, the world has lost a good man," Cherry’s aunt, Pat Sims, told the Oakland Tribune. "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."

"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," Cherry’s lawyer, Vicki Greco, told the Los Angeles Times.

Cherry’s death occurred only two blocks from the 1996 fatal shooting of Tupac Shakur. There is now an interstate manhunt in pursuit of the shooter. —Hal Sundt

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