Kenny Clutch Dead in Las Vegas Shooting; Rapper Was 27

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Kenneth Cherry Jr., an aspiring rapper known as Kenny Clutch, was one of the victims in Thursday's fiery predawn Las Vegas shooting and car accident.

His attorney, Vicki Greco, called his death was "shocking." She said:

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"Out of everyone I know in the industry, there is no way I would have expected to find that he was shot on the Las Vegas Strip in such an aggressive manner."

Cherry had two children, she said, and "didn't have a [criminal] record or a history. He was just a good kid trying to make it and be a good father."

Kenny Clutch is from Oakland, Calif., and lived in Las Vegas.

He died early Thursday morning in a spectacular car crash after bullets fired from a black Range Rover peppered his Maserati, Las Vegas police said.

They said Cherry and the occupants of the Range Rover had left the Aria resort hotel and were heading north on Las Vegas Boulevard at 4:20 a.m.

The silver-gray sports car, which was struck several times, then sped into the intersection at Flamingo Road, ramming a Yellow cab, 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. Cherry died later at a hospital.

Police had more questions than answers.

"It began with a dispute at a nearby hotel and spilled onto the streets," said Capt. Chris Jones of the Las Vegas Police Robbery and Homicide Division.

Cherry's aunt, Pat Sims of Oakland, told the Oakland Tribune that her nephew was a kind soul: "I can tell you this ... the world has lost a good man," Sims said.

"I'm not saying he didn't have faults, but he was very kind, especially to older people. Whatever happened in Vegas, I don't know, but he was a very kind soul."

In 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed two blocks from Thursday's accident scene, at the intersection of Flamingo Boulevard and Koval Lane.

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I was 27 too, folks.