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Former Oakland man, aspiring rapper, killed in Maserati shooting on Vegas Strip
San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/22/2013 | Kristin J. Bender

Posted on 02/22/2013 6:59:35 AM PST by artichokegrower

LAS VEGAS -- A man killed in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning was a rapper who previously lived in Oakland, a family member said.

Ken Cherry, 27, who rapped under the name Kenny Clutch, was shot by someone in a black Range Rover about 4:20 a.m. as he drove on Las Vegas Boulevard. After he was shot, Cherry rapidly accelerated his gray Maserati down Las Vegas Boulevard and through a red light before striking a cab at the intersection of Flamingo Road.

The cab burst into flames, and the cabdriver and a passenger were both killed. Six others were injured, police said.

The crumpled gray Maserati, which had no license plate, came to rest several feet away from the incinerated taxi. Cherry was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: aspiringrapper; maserati
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I am just shocked at how all of this is turning out. Who knew that an aspiring rap star could be involved in such events?

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1 posted on 02/22/2013 6:59:39 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

I’m thinking that Kristin “Maserati” Bender has a fascination with foreign sports cars, because, although the Maserati seems completely incidental to the story, the Maserati gets mentioned pretty obsessively.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 7:02:51 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: artichokegrower

he’s the lucky one, the rest of us have to still live here


3 posted on 02/22/2013 7:03:03 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: artichokegrower

That rap culture is so ....

ah, never mind


4 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:02 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: ClearCase_guy

good point, she probably would have “dated” him because of his car


5 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:05 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: artichokegrower

Aspiring rappers probably have a rough time getting life insurance.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:13 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: artichokegrower

Standard, boilerplate comment from an auntie...

“I can tell you this ... the world has lost a good man,” Sims said. “I’m not saying he didn’t have his faults, but he was very kind, especially to older people...”


7 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:23 AM PST by moovova
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To: artichokegrower

FINALLY some news comes out about this.

The media were certainly cagey all day yesterday, the ONLY thing we kept hearing was it “may have started as an argument in The Aria.”

I figured it was akin to the Tupac car to car shooting(s) that happened a number of years ago.

So sorry for the taxi driver and his passenger who were killed in this stupid shooting.

Vegas has become a dangerous place, even in the so-called “nicer” areas of the strip.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 7:04:49 AM PST by Bon of Babble (I have seen the future and I'm going back to bed!!)
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To: artichokegrower

Ban all Rappers now. Too many people killed by rapping. Ban Maserattis too. Ban Las Vegas.


9 posted on 02/22/2013 7:06:01 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: artichokegrower

That headline is really something. It looks like the Maserati was either the victim or the shooter. (Do Maseratis back-fire, or do they fire back?)


10 posted on 02/22/2013 7:06:55 AM PST by married21
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To: artichokegrower

Yes, they are usually such easy going, law abiding individuals not prone to violence or harsh words.


11 posted on 02/22/2013 7:07:11 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: artichokegrower

They should be called EXPIRING RAPPERS!


12 posted on 02/22/2013 7:08:28 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: GeronL

..hip. All the “cool” people seem to like the idea of pushing it down our collective throats. I guess Rock and Roll was getting to be too much like real music, so we needed a downgrade.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 7:09:32 AM PST by Homer1
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To: artichokegrower

Not the first crap rap hip hopper to get capped in Vegas.

I remember when musicians just ODed....now all the music deaths are violent. We should ban crap hop music....it kills


14 posted on 02/22/2013 7:10:14 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: artichokegrower

How can an “aspiring rapper” afford a Maseratti? I need to change professions.


15 posted on 02/22/2013 7:10:16 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: artichokegrower

Awwwwwwww and now we have to miss the artistic renderings of another minldess idiot and his ‘posse’ screaming about “fuggin’ they b*tches”


16 posted on 02/22/2013 7:10:54 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: artichokegrower

I just knew there was a rapper or basketball star involved in this story somewhere.


17 posted on 02/22/2013 7:11:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: showme_the_Glory

Rappers are weapons of war and no law abiding person has a need for them.

Maserattis on the other hand should be added to medicare as a necessary medical aid for disabled veterans like myself.


18 posted on 02/22/2013 7:13:46 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: artichokegrower

No license plates on the Maserati or the Range Rover..maybe its time to step up the enforcement of this basic aspect of traffic law.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 7:14:19 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

I wonder how far down the public highway I would get with “no license tags” on my Hyundai??? I guess the LVPD or NHP not be profiling these days.


20 posted on 02/22/2013 7:15:02 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: artichokegrower

Must be an Onion story!! Everyone knows the AMISH don’t gamble so what would they be doing in Vegas???????????


21 posted on 02/22/2013 7:15:29 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Many “aspiring wrappers” are also “practicing urban pharmaceutical distributors” and “managing urban armed groups” so they can own Maseratis


22 posted on 02/22/2013 7:16:33 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: ClearCase_guy
the Maserati gets mentioned pretty obsessively

If you read the title, it looks like the Maserati did the shooting.

Might have been Vinnie "Two-Tone" Maserati, from Brooklyn.

23 posted on 02/22/2013 7:22:45 AM PST by wbill
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To: artichokegrower

So, somebody “popped” the Clutch! :)


24 posted on 02/22/2013 7:37:51 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: artichokegrower

Who cares...live like a thug die like a thug.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 7:39:38 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great natiorn is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Bon of Babble
” Vegas has become a dangerous place, even in the so-called “nicer” areas of the strip.”

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It's a crying shame. When I worked, I used to visit Vegas 2-3 times a year. I love the city, not just the gambling and the flashy shows, but just the structure, the people, the climate, the favorable tax laws. Had aspirations of retiring there someday. Now I'm glad I didn't make the move. The city is turning into Chicago.

26 posted on 02/22/2013 7:41:34 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: mac_truck

***No license plates on the Maserati or the Range Rover***

Snort-can’t be black rappers. Must be white militia anti-government conservatives in blackface as ONLY anti government white neo-nazis hate to buy license plates.

sarc/off


27 posted on 02/22/2013 7:46:10 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( Too old to cut the mustard any more.)
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To: artichokegrower

Yo! Looks like he did the Wango Tango as his face became part of the Maserati. Ted Nugent strikes again!


28 posted on 02/22/2013 7:48:00 AM PST by soycd
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

How can an “aspiring rapper” afford a Maseratti? I need to change professions.


He was also a well known pimp.


29 posted on 02/22/2013 7:49:31 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Cowboy Bob

LOL. Well played, sir. Well played.


30 posted on 02/22/2013 7:55:05 AM PST by princeofdarkness (The GOP is the present version of 1940 France and it will only get worse.)
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To: artichokegrower

I said yesterday this would most likely be a drug deal gone bad - I forgot the “rapper” connection.....What a shame innocent people were injured and/or killed but I could not care less about the thug who died. Find the other perps and get them to prison where they belong.


31 posted on 02/22/2013 7:55:38 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (In my world, Daddys don't leave after 4 or 8 years and a new one get picked by half the country)
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To: artichokegrower

Well the good news is that now he’s got Street Cred.


32 posted on 02/22/2013 7:57:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: fatnotlazy
It's a crying shame. When I worked, I used to visit Vegas 2-3 times a year. I love the city, not just the gambling and the flashy shows, but just the structure, the people, the climate, the favorable tax laws. Had aspirations of retiring there someday. Now I'm glad I didn't make the move. The city is turning into Chicago.

There's our new meme...LAS VEGAS...AMERICA'S NEXT CHICAGO...

33 posted on 02/22/2013 7:57:47 AM PST by FDNYRHEROES (It's 3 AM. Let me sleep on it. I'll get back to you in 16 hours.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Wonder when the Dorner Fan Club will make a statement about this being another example of racism in America?


34 posted on 02/22/2013 7:59:15 AM PST by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Oh, how sad that there was so much property damage.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 8:05:10 AM PST by Tax-chick (Whatever happens, I'll get through it. Or die trying.)
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To: artichokegrower

The real scandal is the propane-powered “green” taxi that exploded in flames, killing the cabbie & passenger. Obama’s fault.


36 posted on 02/22/2013 8:06:15 AM PST by twister881
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To: maine yankee

“He was also a well known pimp.”

Having morals has apparently significantly reduced my income.


37 posted on 02/22/2013 8:34:23 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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To: Bon of Babble

Was in LV attending a mining show there when dat MoFo tupac (or one of em) got ventilated.

Vegas was turning into a jungle then, hate to guess now.
When folks get free money from the gubmit, pissin it away at a casino is not big deal.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 8:52:26 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: artichokegrower

“Who knew that an aspiring rap star could be involved in such events?”

Who knew that an aspiring rap “star” could afford a Maserati?


39 posted on 02/22/2013 8:56:34 AM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: married21

Having witnessed a Maserati Trofeo race, I can say that they backfire. Especially on decel.


40 posted on 02/22/2013 8:58:33 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: cripplecreek
You forgot the National Felon League
41 posted on 02/22/2013 8:59:38 AM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Slaving away so obama supporting deadbeats can play)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Huge advance from the record label? Contraband pharmaceuticals?


42 posted on 02/22/2013 9:01:59 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'll stop being a cynic when the world stops giving me reasons to be cynical.)
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To: artichokegrower

Should have chosen country music.


43 posted on 02/22/2013 9:09:20 AM PST by Old Yeller
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Howie Carr, a talk show host, uses “aspiring rapper” as a standing headline segment on his show.
44 posted on 02/22/2013 9:09:59 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: artichokegrower
aspiring rapper
45 posted on 02/22/2013 9:15:16 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: artichokegrower

Probably killed by someone who hated his brand of rap


46 posted on 02/22/2013 9:15:16 AM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: artichokegrower

didn’t take long to go from aspiring to expiring.


47 posted on 02/22/2013 9:59:29 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: mac_truck

“No license plates on the Maserati or the Range Rover..maybe its time to step up the enforcement of this basic aspect of traffic law.”

Test Drives?


48 posted on 02/22/2013 11:45:22 AM PST by vette6387
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To: fatnotlazy

OH, so true. I live in the LA area and used to visit Vegas at least every other month — loved the shopping, the cheap buffets, walking on the strip, going to shows, gambling a bit at the slots.

It is a very different place now. I have a 21 year old daughter who has NO sense of danger or caution, she and her 21 year old friend wanted to run all over the strip in and out of the casinos, visit everywhere. I was really worried, it’s not the same town as when I was 21 and running up and down the strip was perfectly safe. Luckily, she and her friend got caught up on the penny slots and the lounge act in the hotel and didn’t leave the area.

There is a very very rough element in Las Vegas now, even in the nicest areas. As a kid my family and I used to stay at Circus Circus, now, I don’t even set foot in that place.


49 posted on 02/22/2013 12:04:49 PM PST by Bon of Babble (I have seen the future and I'm going back to bed!!)
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To: artichokegrower

Looks like Vegas is a bad place for Rappers. I will never go there again! Too Bloody—want to gamble? Go to an Indian Casino close top home.


50 posted on 02/22/2013 12:20:07 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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