Reality star shot, killed while celebrating birthday in Atlanta

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a bar overnight.

According to Chamblee police, officers responded to SL Lounge in the 4000 block of Buford Highway around 1:15 a.m. Thursday.

Police said the victim, Clifford Dixon, 32, had just arrived at the location when he was shot several times.

According to TMZ, Dixon is the ex-boyfriend of "Love and Hip-Hop" star Erica Mena and a close friend of NBA star Kevin Durant. Dixon was at the club to celebrate his birthday, according to a post on Instagram.


The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died.

“He gone, like, he’s not coming back,” rapper and "Love and Hip-Hop" cast member Akbar V said. “I done lost so many people during this year, and I’m like, is this supposed to happen?”

Akbar V was Dixon's close friend. She said she was supposed to go to the birthday party but declined and stayed home instead.

Through her grief, Akbar V had this message: “You just have to be prayed up out here because this life is real. Man don’t control death. God do, so I know it was his time. I really believe that.”

Investigators are following leads in the case and plan to go through surveillance video and speak with possible witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call Chamblee police at 770-986-5005.

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