On June 18, 2018, at an upscale motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida, two men exited a black SUV and approached the vehicle of rapper XXXtentacion as he attempted to leave the lot. They then reached inside the rapper’s car and snatched a Louis Vuitton bag filled with $50,000 in cash before shooting the 20-year-old rapper several times in the neck and fleeing the scene. He later succumbed to his wounds at North Broward Medical Center.
XXXtentacion (born Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) started rapping via SoundCloud in 2013. By the time of his death five years later, his experimental and dejected music had landed the “Moonlight” rapper top spots on the charts. His troubled past — which included domestic violence, attempted murder of his homosexual cellmate, and assaulting fans — made Onfroy’s death and the subsequent mourning by the masses extremely problematic. Perhaps it was the combination of Onfroy’s intense vulnerability and nihilistic indifference that attracted a following, but many were confused by the cult-like crowds that gathered to mourn the controversial rapper.
Following XXXtentacion’s murder, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office presented a $3,000 reward to anyone having information about the crime, though this produced little evidence. However, two days after the young rapper was assassinated, police arrested a man by the name of Dedrick Devonshay Williams. What supposedly began as a routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed car chase, and Williams, donning the same bright orange sandals as one of the murder suspects, was eventually detained. Three other men – Michael Boatwright, Robert Allen, and Trayvon Newsome – were also arrested for their involvement in the murder. Ultimately, Newsome and Boatwright were identified as the shooters.