XXXTentacion: Public viewing and memorial to be held in Florida for fans to say their final goodbyes
The rapper was shot and killed while leaving a motorcycle dealership in Florida earlier this week. One arrest has been made so far
XXXTentacion fans will have the opportunity to pay their final respects to the late rapper during an open-casket public memorial at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on Wednesday (June 27), Billboard reports. The musician, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot and killed while leaving a motorcycle dealership in Broward County, Florida on Monday (June 18).
The memorial and viewing were announced on the rapper’s official Instagram page. A flyer was shared on his feed with the caption: “Fans come out and say your final goodbyes. It will be your last chance to see him.”
The memorial will take place from noon to 6 pm at the BB&T Center. The flyer also warns that “no cellular devices or cameras will be allowed.” “Any person found with any device of the sort will be immediately turned around at gate or escorted out and will not be permitted on the premises,” it reads.
As PR person Aishah White tells Billboard, "Fan requests for a public viewing and memorial were overwhelming, we decided to have the memorial at one of [South] Florida's largest stadiums so we can accommodate everyone. Fans will be able to view XXXTentacion's body and pay final respects, we hope this will help fans find closure and begin the healing process."
Billboard also confirms that the memorial will include a photo slideshow, video tributes and more.
An impromptu memorial service held by fans on Tuesday (June 19) in Los Angeles was shut down by police. Fans gathered on the city’s Melrose Avenue where people sang along to his songs, but things reportedly turned chaotic. Some attendees reported that police dispersed the crowd by “shooting people with rubber bullets”, while others claimed pepper balls were used.
As we reported earlier, a suspect named Dedrick Devonshay Williams, a 22-year-old tattoo artist, was arrested on Wednesday. Along with the arrest made, it also seems as if the police have identified several other people connected to the murder of XXX. TMZ's reports state a court clerk sharing that a judge has also signed off on two other arrests as well.