Submitted By Lindsay Curtis, Multimedia Journalist - email
Ken Cherry, Sr., said his son, Ken "Kenny Clutch" Cherry, Jr., was as much a victim in the incident as the two others who died on the Las Vegas Strip on Feb. 21, 2013.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
The father of the man gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday morning is still searching for answers for the loss of his son.
"My son was a victim. Just like those two people who were in that taxi," Ken Cherry Sr. said. "My son was a good boy"
Cherry is dealing with a mix of emotions over the loss of his son, who shares the same name. He says learning his only son was shot to death is a pain he's never experienced before.
What is almost just as painful is the public's response to his son's death. He says his son has been mischaracterized as a thug and a gangster because he was pursuing a rap career under the name Kenny Clutch.
"This is entertainment. It's all make-believe. He bought a Maserati - truth is, I was helping him pay for that. C'mon man," Cherry said.
Cherry says his son's music videos display a persona his son created to help him become a successful rap artist. Family members say the real Ken Cherry Jr. was an innocent, compassionate father of three, with no history of violence or crime.
"Leave him alone because he was just like you, a 27-year-old kid who have a dad and mom that feel for him," Ken Cherry Sr. said.
His three grandchildren, all under the age of 2, are all he has left of his son's legacy. He can only hope they are able to grow up in a world less violent than that of their father, who lost his life too soon.
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