Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Aspiring rapper in Vegas shoot-out

Kenneth Cherry Jr., also known as rapper Kenny Clutch, who died after being peppered with gunfire in Las Vegas (AP)

Aspiring rapper Kenny Cherry has been named as the Maserati driver who died in a Las Vegas shoot-out.

Taxi driver Michael Boldon and a passenger were also killed in the mayhem on the neon-lit Las Vegas strip before dawn on Wednesday.

Police are still hunting the gunman in a black Range Rover who triggered the shocking chain of events.

Mr Cherry moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career, and his music videos online show him cruising through the city in his Maserati.

Mr Boldon was a family man from Michigan who loved fast cars.

The two men's lives ended in violence normally seen only in movies - gunfire, a fiery crash and an explosion.

"Right now my heart is breaking," said Mr Cherry's great aunt, Patricia Sims, 75. "This has really been a tragedy. Kenny was just a delightful kid."

She said he moved to Las Vegas from Northern California, though she did not know her nephew was a rapper using the name Kenny Clutch. His parents were travelling to Las Vegas to claim his body.

The 27-year-old was driving a Maserati that was peppered by gunfire before it sped through a red light and smashed into Mr Boldon's taxi.

The taxi exploded into flames, killing Mr Boldon and female passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, as four other vehicles crashed like pinballs at a junction overlooked by some of Las Vegas' most famous casinos.

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