|Murder of XXXTentacion|
Murder of XXXTentacion (Florida)
Murder of XXXTentacion (the US)
Deerfield Beach, Florida, U.S.|
June 18, 2018 |
3:57 p.m. (EDT)
Homicide, possible armed robbery|
- Dedrick Williams
- Trayvon Newsome
- Robert Allen
- Michael Boatwright
Jahseh Onfroy, an American recording artist better known as XXXTentacion, was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, at the age of 20, in an apparent robbery at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The shooting occurred at 3:57 p.m. local time when Onfroy was leaving the dealership. He was shot once in the neck and was in critical condition before being pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. after being rushed to Broward Health North.
On June 18, 2018, Onfroy went to the bank in an attempt to withdraw money before heading to RIVA Motorsports, an upscale seller of motorcycles and boats in Deerfield Beach, Florida. After withdrawing money from the bank, Onfroy was followed by a dark-colored SUV allegedly containing Dedrick Williams, Robert Allen, and Michael Boatwright.
At 3:30 p.m. EDT, Onfroy arrived at RIVA Motorsports and entered inside with his uncle. Two minutes later, Williams and Boatwright allegedly left the SUV and followed Onfroy inside before buying the masks used during the robbery in RIVA Motorsports parts department.
A half hour later, Onfroy left the dealership and entered his black BMW i8 and began to drive away from the dealership before the SUV drove in front of Onfroy's car and Williams and Boatwright left the vehicle, and demanded property from Onfroy, before a brief struggle after which Onfroy was shot in the neck. Witnesses told police Williams and Boatwright took a Louis Vuitton bag from Onfroy's vehicle and then fled.
The shooting occurred in east of the city of Parkland where Onfroy was living at the time. The Broward County Fire Department rushed him to the nearby Broward Health North. Onfroy was initially reported to be in critical condition following the shooting, but the Broward County Sheriff's Office later confirmed his death.
Shortly following the announcement of Onfroy's death, Broward County Sheriff's Office offered a $3,000 bounty for any information leading to the arrest of any suspects.
On June 20, 2018, the Broward County Sheriff's Office arrested 22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams in connection with Onfroy's murder. Williams was driving in his silver 2004 Honda before a traffic stop occurred. Williams was detained in the car chase that followed.
Williams was identified by what he was wearing on June 18, which included orange sandals and a white tank top. The police matched images from security footage to recent pictures from Williams’ Instagram feed that featured him wearing “the same or similar bright orange sandals”. He was also identified by employees who saw him enter RIVA Motorsports to buy a neoprene mask.
Two more active warrants were issued after Williams' arrest.
On June 27, 2018, 22-year-old Robert Allen was named as a person of interest in the case.
On July 5, 2018, 22-year-old Michael Boatwright was arrested by the Broward County Sherriff's Office. Originally, he was arrested on drug-related charges, but on July 10, a warrant was put out for him related to the death of Onfroy.
On July 19, 2018, a grand jury indicted four men, including the three previous assailants warranted under arrest, for Onfroy's death. The only other assailant that wasn't mentioned earlier on and is still wanted is suspect Trayvon Newsome, one of the trigger men alongside Michael Boatwright.
Williams was charged with first degree murder, along with grand theft auto, probation violation, and was denied bail. On June 25, he pleaded not guilty.
Following the announcement of Onfroy's murder, a makeshift memorial was quickly created by fans and local residents, consisting of lyrics from the artist and words of remembrance written in chalk stretching up to a hundred yards. The owner of RIVA Motorsports, where Onfroy was killed, held a vigil on June 19, 2018. Hundreds gathered during the vigil and Broward County Sheriffs were forced to close the street. Shortly after, a walk commenced between Onfroy's fans. Onfroy's new house in Parkland, Florida was also memorialized by fans. Onfroy's team issued a statement saying a proper memorial service would be arranged soon.
Internet personality Adam Grandmaison (better known as Adam22), the creator of the podcast No Jumper, for which Onfroy had his first professional interview, held a memorial a day after Onfroy's death in front of his BMX retail store OnSomeShit on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles to a crowd of 300 people. The crowd eventually grew to over 1,000 and police in riot gear eventually appeared with police en route to disperse the crowd. According to reports, rubber bullets were shot and tear gas was used to disperse the crowd.
An open casket service for Onfroy took place at the Florida Panthers Stadium on June 27 where fans were allowed to pay their respects. His private funeral took place on June 28 where rappers Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Denzel Curry and singer Erykah Badu were among the attendees. He was entombed in a mausoleum at Gardens of Boca Raton Memorial Park, Boca Raton, Florida.
On June 19, the day after Onfroy's death, Billboard reported that Taylor Swift's Spotify single-day streaming record for "Look What You Made Me Do" was broken by Onfroy's track "Sad!", with 10.4 million streams compared to Swift's 10.1 million streams. This was followed by a 16-fold sales increase across all streaming and download platforms, including a 7000-fold sales increase in CDs on Amazon.com. Onfroy's album ? was expected to return to the top five the week of his death following his murder, ultimately reaching number three with 90,000 album-equivalent units sold, up from 19,000 the last week.
In the week following his murder, Onfroy's highest-charting single, "Sad!", went from 52nd to 1st on the Billboard Hot 100, making Onfroy the first artist to top the Hot 100 posthumously in a lead role since The Notorious B.I.G., with "Mo Money Mo Problems", in 1997. On June 28, Onfroy's management team posthumously released the music video for "Sad!", which has received over 65 million views as of July 2018.
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