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Four Men Charged With Rapper, XXXTentacion’s Murder

Four men have been charged with the death of Florida rapper, XXXTentacion, who died in June. According to Broward County Sheriff the men are: Dedrick Williams, 22, Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22.

Williams and Boatwright have been arrested, while Newsome and Allen remain at large. Dedrick Williams was arrested two days after XXXTentacion died in hospital while Michael Boatwright was charged with murder on 10 July. He was already in jail after he had been arrested on drug charges five days earlier.

The men are charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery.

The rapper was murdered in Florida on June 18th at the age of 20. Before his death, the rapper faced domestic violence charges and had served multiple jail terms.

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was visiting a motorcycle shop and left in broad daylight when he was approached by two men. Both men masked and armed, and “demanded property” from XXXTentacion, according to Detective John Cucio.
At least one of the men shot him, before fleeing the scene in an SUV.

Many of his tracks topped music charts in the UK and US after his death. This sparked questions about whether it was possible to separate his abusive personal life from his art. His music explored themes of depression, loneliness, abandonment and suicide.

Thousands of fans were in attendance at his memorial service. Tributes were paid to the rapper including Kanye West, Jay Z and Meek Mill after his death.

Following his death, the rapper’s girlfriend announced she was pregnant a few days after he was killed.
“He left us a final gift,” Cleopatra Bernard wrote on Instagram, next to an ultrasound picture of the unborn child.

In his video for Sad, which was released after his death, the rapper attended his own funeral and fought his resurrected dead body, before “killing” his old self.

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