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Cliff Dixon was fatally shot outside of a nightclub where he was celebrating his 32nd birthday with close friends.
Cliff Dixon, the ex-boyfriend of Erica Mena and friend of Kevin Durant’s, was shot and killed in Atlanta at the Chamblee strip mall on March 21 while he was celebrating his birthday. He was 32 years old. Dixon’s tragic passing was confirmed in an Instagram post from rapper Dave East. East wrote in tribute to his slain friend, “Rest in heavenly peace bro u ain’t deserve whatever happen to u.” East added that he couldn’t think of many memories without his friend, noting the pair had been friends since they were 16 or 17. Golden State Warriors’ star Kevin Durant is also tagged in the post. Some have referred to Dixon as being Durant’s “adopted brother.”
Dixon is survived by a son, whom he referred to as his “whole life” in a June 2019 Instagram post.
Dixon Had Been Promoting His Birthday Party at SSL Lounge All Week Prior to His Death
Fox Atlanta reports that Dixon was killed in the parking lot of the Little Saigon strip mall in Chamblee, Georgia, 15 miles north of Atlanta, at around 1 a.m. on March 21. The mall is located along Buford Highway. The report initially described the victim as being in his late twenties to early thirties. Dixon was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities are searching for a single gunman in the case. Police could be seen at the scene with K-9 units in the hours after the shooting. Law-enforcement sources told Fox Atlanta that the investigation is being hampered because many of the security cameras at the mall are not working.
The Saigon Strip Mall is where the SL Lounge nightclub is located. The club advertised an appearance from Dixon on their official Instagram page for his birthday party. Dixon wrote in the caption for his appearance at the club, “We litty tonight @slloungeatl come catch the vibe.”
Rapper Akbar V Said in Her Tribute to Dixon that He Had Been Having Trouble With Family Members
Fellow rapper, Akbar V, also paid her respects to Dixon in a series of Instagram postsand videos. In one tribute, Akbar wrote that Dixon had been having problems with his family members. She adds, “All u wanted was u an your brother to get back close.” Durant is also tagged in that post with Akbar saying that Dixon used to say that his mother took Durant in when he was a child.
In January 2019, Dixon Accused Erica Mena & Safaree of Stealing From Him
GettyErica Mena pictured at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
In January 2019, Dixon accused his ex-girlfriend, model Erica Mena, and her fiance Safaree of stealing from him. Dixon said in a series of Instagram story videos, via Atlanta Black Star, “Since you’ve got the police involved I tried to do s*** the right way & come pick up my TVs & rims & you say they ain’t there. How ya’ll sposed to have so much money but yall stealing from me.” Mena responded by accusing Dixon of being a thief and called his allegations a “cry wolf story.” She added, “He refused to get his things out of my home. My charity in this case was to pay the expenses to get them removed for him.” Mena also accused Dixon of stealing from Kevin Durant.
In October 2018, TMZ reported that Dixon and Mena had broken up after they were involved in a domestic violence incident. During that event, Mena was accused of marijuana possession and Dixon was arrested for criminal trespassing. The pair dated for close to a year. In a now-deleted post, Mena referred to Dixon’s ex-girlfriend as a “little girl,” around the time of their break-up.
In 2016, The Jasmine Brand “exclusively” reported that Dixon had been in a “faux” relationship with reality star India Love that was designed to further both of their careers.
A month after their split, Mena was dating rapper Safaree Samuels.
Dixon’s Death Has Led to an Outpouring of Grief on Social Media
As news of Dixon’s tragic death spread across social media, friends and fans alike expressed their grief. Here are some of the most poignant messages of remembrance: