Huge new details have emerged in the investigation regarding the murder of Florida rapper XXXTentacion.
The musician was shot outside a motorcycle dealership in Fort Lauderale on Monday, and police originally arrested a suspect, Dedrick Williams, but have now confirmed they are searching for a second man.
Law enforcement believe the killing followed a failed robbery after the rapper, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot in broad daylight on a busy road.
Williams was charged with first-degree murder while his arrest warrant included accused him of killing the rapper ‘from a premeditated design’, reports CNN.
The Broward County Fire Department said the rapper was rushed to hospital. Other witnesses at the scene claim to have heard multiple shots fired.
Dispatch audio initially claimed the incident was a ‘possible drive-by shooting and the alleged shooters exited the scene in a black Dodge Journey’. The car has now been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.
According to the dispatch call, the suspects were described as two black males in hoodies, with the shooter wearing a red mask, TMZ reports.
The most damning evidence against Williams was his bright orange sandals which were allegedly visible on CCTV and police reported finding photos of him wearing the same or similar sandals on social media.
A vigil was held for XXXTentacion on June 20 in South Florida.
During the vigil, the rapper’s mother told friends and family she’d received notice from the police they’d made the arrest:
In a video from the vigil, posted on Instagram by Streetwatcherz, a women, who’s apparently Onfroy’s mother, can be heard saying:
I just got the text just now, from one of the detectives […] they just arrested them, they got them.
According to the dispatch call, the suspects were described as two black males in hoodies, with the shooter wearing a red mask.
It’s currently unclear whether a second suspect is being pursued following Williams’ arrest.
Prior to his death, XXXTentacion – who’s had a string of hits, despite being in the early stages of his career – was facing a litany of felony charges, including witness tampering.
In December, the Florida rapper was charged with 15 felony counts in connection to a 2016 domestic abuse case. He was also facing trial for domestic violence against his pregnant girlfriend.
Onfroy was under house arrest but the judge recently lifted it so he could go on tour.
In the time since his death, sales of XXXTentacion’s music have risen by over 1,000 per cent.
The day after the shooting, his track SAD! amassed 10.4 million streams, according to Pitchfork, beating the global record for the most Spotify streams in a single day – a record previously held by Taylor Swift, which was 10.1 million for Look What You Made Me Do.
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) May 7, 2017
Our thoughts continue to go out to the family and friends of Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.
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