Rapper Kenny Clutch's father: Son 'victim' of Las Vegas shooting
The father of "Kenny Clutch," the Oakland rapper killed on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, claimed his son's body in Las Vegas on Saturday and urged the public not to judge his son.
The 27-year-old, whose real name was Kenneth Cherry, was killed early Thursday when bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered his Maserati, authorities said.
His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., said at a news conference Saturday that there has been much misinformation on the Internet about his son and that he did nothing wrong, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
"He was a victim just like any other victim," Cherry's father said, according to a video on the newspaper's website. "He was no different than any of you guys."
Family members in Oakland have also spoken out.
"Right now my heart is breaking," said Pat Sims, Cherry's aunt. "This has really been a tragedy. Kenny was just a delightful kid."
"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. Whatever happened in Vegas, I don't know about, but he was a very kind soul."
The younger Cherry's attorney, Vicki Greco, told the San Jose Mercury News that he "was into gangsta rap, but that's not who he was."
"In my interaction with him, I can tell you that by the way he looked and what he put out there on his videos, he fit a certain stereotype," Greco said. "But I also can tell you that away from that, he was anything but that kind of stereotype. He was honest. He was loyal. He was very dependable. Sometimes he'd drop by my office just to say hello. He was a nice, nice kid."
Authorities said Cherry and the Range Rover had left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m., a time when the casino marquees shine bright but the gambling thoroughfare is largely empty. At Harmon Avenue, people in the Range Rover opened fire on Cherry's Maserati, police said.
The silver-gray sports car, which was struck several times, sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, ramming a taxi, officials said. The taxi exploded, killing the driver and a passenger. Four other vehicles in the intersection were also involved in the crash and explosion, but police offered no details about them.
Cherry died later at a hospital.
No arrests have been made.
“This is something you never want to go through,” Cherry's father told KNTV. “This is the hardest thing in my life right now, because you never want your children to leave before you leave.”
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Photo: Kenny Clutch. Credit: KTLA