A Man Has Been Charged With The Murder Of Rapper XXXTentacion

Saul Bowman
June 23, 2018

Candles, a teddy bear and a large, signed sympathy card lined the front porch of XXXTentacion's home in Parkland, Florida, which was purchased late previous year for $1.4 million. Both the CCSO and the Lee County Sheriff's Office have additional personnel in the neighborhood of the address as a precautionary measure.

XXXTentacion - real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy - was shot and killed on Monday, June 18, while he was shopping for motorcycles. At least one of them shot him before fleeing in a dark-coloured SUV.

The suspect, named as Dedrick Devonshay Williams, aged 22, is facing a charge of first-degree murder.

Gina Carter, the public information officer for Broward County Sheriff's Office, tweeted that Mr Williams had been arrested at 19:00 local time (23:00 GMT) on Wednesday in the city of Pompano Beach.

- Williams has a history of legal trouble.

He subsequently faced further charges, including harassment and witness tampering. Williams does not appear in the Florida Department of Corrections offender database, but was on probation for the auto theft conviction.

A judge withheld adjudication in the theft case, but Williams ended up a convicted felon when he twice violated his parole terms in 2016 and 2017, court records show. The judge signed off on the warrants, but no arrests have been made at this time. A now-deleted video featuring the vehicle prominently displayed a gun inside.

Nevertheless, it's been a sad week for the hip-hop community, as XXXTentacion was a rising star in the scene. He began regularly posting music to Soundcloud in 2014 and began to garner mainstream recognition in recent years.

"In March, XXXTentacion's sophomore album, "?", debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He was charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and false imprisonment among other charges, and he was due to stand trial before his death.

In a release on Wednesday, the CCSO said that an address had been widely circulated on social media after the death of Onfroy.

Onfroy's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, shared her late son's baby news in an Instagram post of an ultrasound on Thursday.

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