Beckett said they wanted to respond to rumors that the 27-year-old son — who produced a rap video using the name Kenny Clutch — was a gangster and a troublemaker. The attorneys had represented his son, an unmarried father of three, and now represent his estate and family.
“My son was a victim just like the two people in that taxi,” Cherry Sr. said. “Trouble found him. The people in the taxicab, trouble found them.”
Court records show Cherry had no criminal cases or convictions in Las Vegas, and police said there was no record of arrests
The Clark County coroner determined that Kenny Cherry died Thursday of at least one gunshot to the chest. The deaths of Cherry, Boldon and Sutton-Wasmund were ruled homicides.
Police say the shooting appeared to stem from an argument at the valet area of the upscale Aria resort-casino about a block south of the crash scene. The shooting happened after a night featuring Morocco-born rapper French Montana at Aria nightclub Haze.
Cherry’s parents live in Emeryville, Calif., and the father said his son’s body would be taken back to Oakland. He said his son started a music career there and was recognized by other rappers within a West Coast hip-hop strain called hyphy.
But Chuck Creekmur, chief executive of AllHipHop.com, said Cherry wasn’t well-known in wider music circles.
Kenny Clutch’s YouTube music video, “Stay Schemin,” shows scenes of Las Vegas Strip hotels as he sings about paying $120,000 for his Maserati.
“One mistake change lives all in one night,” he raps in one verse.
Kenneth Cherry Sr., who said he runs a cellphone business, said he helped his son make payments on the Maserati. He said he last spoke with his son on Wednesday, when they talked about the high cost of the son’s cellphone use.
Cherry Sr. described his son as an entrepreneur but didn’t say how he made money or if he had jobs other than his music production.
Boldon’s family in Las Vegas was struggling to cope with his death, said Tehran Boldon, the taxi driver’s younger brother.
Boldon’s sister, Carolyn Jean Trimble, said Boldon was a father, a grandfather and a car race enthusiast who drove a Mercedes when he wasn’t in a cab. He owned a clothing store in Detroit and worked at a car dealership, his sister said, and drove taxis after moving to Las Vegas about 1½ years ago.
The irony that a man with a taste for beautiful cars was killed by a sports car wasn’t lost on Trimble.
“He would be tickled to death: ‘Damn, of all things, a Maserati hit me, took me out like that,'” she said. “I’m happy he didn’t suffer.”
In Washington, Sutton-Wasmund co-owned a dress shop, said Debbie Tvedt, the office manager for a Maple Valley plumbing company that Sutton-Wasmund started with her husband, James Wasmund. Sutton-Wasmund was in Las Vegas attending a trade show with her business partner.
“It’s a big loss,” Tvedt said in a telephone interview with AP.
The Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce website said Sutton-Wasmund was a board member from 2004 to 2011 before becoming a marketing representative.
A phone message left for James Wasmund was not immediately returned.
The famously glowing, always-open Las Vegas Strip was closed for some 15 hours after the crash. Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Eric Kemmer recalled a similarly long closure after the 1996 drive-by slaying of rapper Tupac Shakur.
That shooting — involving assailants opening fire on Shakur’s luxury sedan from a vehicle on Flamingo Road — happened about a block away from Thursday’s crash.
The Shakur killing has never been solved.
Associated Press writers Michelle Rindels in Las Vegas, Garance Burke in San Francisco, Kathy McCarthy in Seattle and AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu in New York contributed to this report.