‘Love & Hip Hop’ star, Erica Mena’s ex-boyfriend, Cliff Dixon was shot and killed at an Atlanta club around 1 AM on March 21, according to a new report. Dixon was reportedly celebrating his birthday.
(UPDATE: March 21; 12:21 PM ET) — The Chamblee Police Department in Georgia released the following statement to HollywoodLife: “We are in the early stages of the investigation and will provide more when available.” Chamblee PD provided an official press released, which read: “The Chamblee Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred this morning at 0117 a.m. at the SL Lounge at 4186 Buford Hwy. The victim, 32 year-old Clifford Dixon, had just arrived at the location and was standing in the parking lot when the offender shot him multiple times. First responders administered aid, and the victim was transported to Grady Hospital where medical staff advised that he had succumbed to his injuries. The offender fled the scene on foot. Chamblee Investigators are actively working the case and following up on all available leads. If you have any information, please call the Chamblee Police Department at 770-986-5005, and ask to speak with Lt. Chris Newberry or call Atlanta Crime Stoppers at the number below.”
(ORIGINAL) — Erica Mena‘s ex-boyfriend, Cliff Dixon was shot and killed at SL Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia around 1 AM on Thursday, March 21, according to TMZ. Dixon was shot when a lone gunman opened fire in front of the club, law enforcement sources say. He was then rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead, sources reveal. He was 32.
An officer nearby says he was in his patrol unit outside the club when he saw a black male wearing all black with a black skull cap fire at the victim, according to an incident report obtained by TMZ. The officer says he saw the suspect take off as others attempted to chase him, but eventually lost him. The incident is under investigation, and it is unclear if Dixon was targeted.
On the day he was shot, Dixon advertised his “birthday celebration” in numerous posts on his Instagram story. He posted a flyer, which read, “Bryan Michael Cox and Keith Thomas presents a birthday celebration for Cliff”. The flyer also contained the exact location of the party, which was accessible to the public, as his IG profile is listed as un-private. Dixon also shared a photo of himself smiling, with a caption to honor his 32nd birthday. “I ain’t pick no sides..I ain’t change up..Thank you for all the bday love! Ah ni**a made it another year,” he wrote under the photo.
Dixon was friends with NBA stars, Kevin Durant, 30, of the Golden State Warriors, and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, 30. Many fans and friends have taken to the comments section of Dixon’s recent Instagram to leave their condolences. The athletes have not yet responded to the news of his death.
Mena and Dixon dated for about 10 months before they called it quits sometime in late 2018. The two, who had a rocky relationship, were both arrested in October 2018, after they got into an altercation at her home in Georgia, which was first reported by TMZ.
Mena, 31, is currently engaged to Love & Hip Hop star and rapper, Safaree Samuels, 37. He proposed to her on Christmas Eve (2018), after the pair was spotted getting cozy on multiple occasions, including a courtside date at a Brooklyn Nets game. The “Paradise” rapper popped the question with a 14-carat ring, reportedly worth $175,000. The engaged couple was in Jamaica at the time of Dixon’s reported shooting death.
HollywoodLife has reached out to Atlanta police, as well as a representative for Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels, but did not receive an immediate reply. This story is still developing…