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Victims remembered as hunt for Las Vegas Strip shooter continues

Joyce Lupiani

Victims remembered as hunt for Las Vegas Strip shooter continues

CREATED Feb. 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friends and family are remembering an aspiring rapper and a cab driver who were both killed early Thursday morning on the Las Vegas Strip. Meanwhile, the hunt for a shooter continues.

The Clark County coroner's office has now confirmed that Kenneth Wayne Cherry, Jr., an aspiring rapper who called himself Kenny Clutch, was shot and killed Thursday morning in the incident on the Las Vegas Strip.

There was also a passenger in the Maserati that Cherry was driving. He survived and is cooperating with Las Vegas police as they try to piece together exactly what happened.

Las Vegas police say that the incident began in the valet area of the Aria hotel.

There was a confrontation and two vehicles left.

As both vehicles drove down Las Vegas Boulevard, someone in a Range Rover opened fire on the Maserati driven by Clutch.

Cherry then sped through the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road and hit a taxi, which burst into flames.

Several other cars were also involved in the wreck.

The taxi driver, who has been identified as Michael Boldon, and his passenger burned to death.

The family of Cherry, who has roots in the San Francisco Bay area, says that the man behind the "gangster rapper" image was actually very different.

His father has spoken out and said that this is something that you never want to experience as a parent.

Cherry's godmother told cameras that she is incensed at all the violence and that she is particularly concerned about black-on-black male crime.

And according to the family and friends of the taxi driver that was killed, there has been an outpouring of support from the community.

This morning at 4:20 a.m., many of those taxi drivers drove their cabs down the Las Vegas Strip in remembrance of their comrade.

His co-workers say that they remember Boldon as a happy man -- smiling and singing often.

Boldon moved here from Michigan about two years ago and was a huge Detroit Tigers fan. He was also really into car racing and was a big family man.

Boldon's son is also a driver in Las Vegas.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said in a press conference yesterday that this kind of violence won't be tolerated in Las Vegas and the search for the shooter or shooters is still underway not only in Nevada but also in neighboring states.

Some of the tourists on the Las Vegas Strip that saw the incident said that at first they did not think it was real. Unfortunately, they soon found out that it was very real.

Thousands of visitors and locals who work at the hotel and casinos were stuck in traffic for hours yesterday while the scene was investigated or they were forced to walk many blocks out of their way.

Police are still looking for a black Range Rover with out-of-state dealer tags, tinted windows and black rims. Police only have a vague description of the suspects at this time. They say that it was a group of black males.

 

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