XXXTentacion: Four men charged with murder of controversial Florida rapper

Four men have been charged with first-degree murder of a rising Florida rapper XXXTentacion on June 18


                            XXXTentacion: Four men charged with murder of controversial Florida rapper

XXXTentacion was shot dead in Florida just over a month ago and four men have now been charged for the murder of the controversial Florida rapper. On Wednesday, Dedrick Williams, 22, Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, and Robert Allen, 22 were charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery, court records showed. 

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead when he was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach on June 18.

(Broward County Sheriff)
(Broward County Sheriff)

According to a warrant filed in Boatwright's case, the car driven by XXXTentacion was blocked by an SUV as it was exiting the Riva Motor Sports shop. Then, two masked men got out of the SUV with a gun intending to rob the rapper, who had a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 in cash, police stated.

There was resistance from the 20-year-old rapper and he was shot multiple times by one or more gunman. The men took the bag and fled, authorities said. The indictment names Boatwright as the person who shot XXXTentacion. Williams was arrested two days after the shooting, and Boatwright was arrested earlier this month on an unrelated drug charge. 

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead when he was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach on June 18 (Getty Images)
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot dead when he was leaving a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach on June 18 (Getty Images)

Authorities continue to search for Allen and Newsome. Williams was spotted in the store on surveillance cameras while XXXTentacion was shopping. A store clerk said Williams purchased a black neoprene mask and that he recognized Williams as a repeat customer. Williams later told police he was with others at the motorcycle shop but did not know that they intended to rob the rapper, according to records.

Authorities say Williams drove the SUV. His girlfriend later told the police that he admitted to being involved but it was Boatwright and Newsome who carried out the robbery and killing. Police also found data on Boatwright's phone indicating it was near the motorcycle shop at the time of the killing. Other evidence includes mobile phone video and photos with three of the suspects holding large amounts of money, police said.

A statement from the Broward County Sheriff's Office states that Williams and Boatwright are in custody, while Newsome and Allen are yet to be arrested. XXXTentacion became a platinum-selling artist posthumously. He sported dreadlocks and facial tattoos and was arrested multiple times. He is also accused of having abused his girlfriend.

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