Second Suspect Arrested in Killing of Rapper XXXTentacion
The police in Florida have arrested a second suspect inside the killing of the 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot in broad daylight while leaving a motorcycle dealership on June 18.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday of which Michael Boatwright, 22, was one of two armed suspects who confronted XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) in his car of which afternoon in Deerfield Beach, Fla., attempting to rob him. Mr. Boatwright was arrested on July 5 on unrelated drug charges, the police said, as well as was served an arrest warrant for first-degree murder while still in custody on Tuesday.
Another suspect, Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, was arrested two days after the killing, as well as charged with first-degree murder, though detectives said at the time of which they were seeking additional suspects. On Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said of which was still seeking an unidentified “second gunman” inside the slaying; Robert Allen, 22, has also been named as a person of interest inside the case.
XXXTentacion had been a rising star in hip-hop, landing a No. 1 album in March despite existing largely outside of the mainstream music business. He first gained popularity on the streaming platform SoundCloud as well as became something of a poster child for the digital age, with millions of young fans tracking his every utterance. however XXXTentacion was also mired in controversy as well as legal troubles, as well as was awaiting trial on charges including aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, false imprisonment as well as witness tampering at the time of his death.
On the day he was killed, the rapper visited Riva Motorsports that has a friend. The police said two men followed XXXTentacion into the store as well as later, as he was leaving the dealership, blocked his vehicle as well as exited a dark-colored S.U.V. brandishing guns as well as demanding property. After a brief struggle, at least one of the suspects fired at the rapper, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
“The investigation continues,” the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said in its news Discharge on Wednesday.
Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward said of which his department was withholding additional information about the arrest of Mr. Boatwright, as well as sealed the arrest report, as of which continued to pursue the case, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
“We’re not releasing any information about of which because we’re still looking For 2 different suspects, including Robert Allen,” Mr. Israel said. “If we Discharge more information about the case, of which may hamper detectives’ ability or impede their progress to make those different arrests as well as take those two individuals into custody.”
Since XXXTentacion’s death, his music has surged on streaming platforms, sending both of his official albums into the Top 5 on the Billboard chart; the single “Sad!” also reached No. 1 last month. According to his associates, XXXTentacion had been close to finishing a fresh album, as well as had signed a $10 million deal for its Discharge just weeks before he was killed.