Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead at age of 20
On June 18, 2018, Monday, Rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead on one of the streets of
Deerfield Beach, 69 kilometers from Miami.
XXXTentacion spoke of his ‘tragic death’ in his instagram video before being killed.
"Worst thing comes to worst, I fucking die a tragic death or some shit—and I’m not able
to see out my dreams," he says in one of the videos. "I at least want to know that the kids
perceived my message and were able to make something of themselves and able to take
my message and use it and turn it into something positive, and to at least have a good
The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorcycle
shop in Fort Lauderdale shortly before 4pm when two men who were tracking him in his
last moments in a dark coloured SUV shot, killed him in an apparent robbery. According
to TMZ, X was shot inside his vehicle while shopping for a motorcycle at Riva Motorsports.
The Florida Rapper was found slumped over in his car after a gunman approached him
and opened fire.
Police in Broward County said XXXTentacion, one of the world’s most popular young
rappers, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. XXX was transported to
Broward Health North as a level 1 trauma patient, where he was listed as comatose. Level 1
trauma describes a patient without a pulse.
To identify the assailants, the police sent images from the video to patrol units.
Examining Mr. Williams’s Instagram feed, they found recent pictures of him wearing
“the same or similar bright orange sandals.” Employees of the dealership also identified
Mr. Williams — a tattoo artist who appears to have ties to the local rap scene — from
Tattoo artist Dedrick Devonshay Williams, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was arrested
during a traffic stop just before 7pm on Wednesday, cops say. He appeared at court on
Thursday and charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, a probation
violation and for not having a valid driver's licence. After Williams' arrest, Broward
Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said homicide detectives also were
seeking additional suspects. At the time of his arrest, Williams was on probation until
2021 for grand theft motor vehicle, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Williams appeared in court Thursday afternoon, where a judge ordered him held without
bond. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for the probation violation.
Investigators said that they were searching for two suspects, at least one of whom shot at
Onfroy during an "apparent robbery," before fleeing in a dark-colored SUV. In that
statement, the sheriff's office also noted it would offer a $3,000 reward for information
that led to an arrest.
Several rappers took to social media to mourn the rising rapper's death.
"Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank
you for existing," Kanye West tweeted. Big Sean added, "I didn't know him personally but I respect how passionate he was
about his music and message. Nobody deserves this kind of ending. gone too soon,
In Los Angeles on Tuesday night, a vigil attended by around 1,000 devolved into the
crowd jumping on a news van and swarming passing cars, according to the Los Angeles
Times, before being dispersed by police. Earlier that day, a Broward television
station reported that "hundreds" gathered at the site of his shooting in a vigil, leaving
behind teddy bears and graffiti.