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Posted: July 11, 2018

2nd man arrested, charged with murder of XXXTentacion, authorities say

Two Charged in Murder of Rapper XXXTentacion

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Authorities in Florida said they have charged a second man with murder in last month’s killing of 20-year-old rapper Jahseh Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion.

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Michael Boatwright, 22, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in connection to Onfroy’s June 18 death. Broward County sheriff’s deputies said Wednesday that Boatwright has been jailed since July 5 on charges that were not related to the shooting.

>> Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

Authorities said Wednesday that a second, unidentified gunman remained at large. Officials were also searching for 22-year-old Robert Allen, who was identified as a person of interest in the case. Allen is also wanted by authorities on an outstanding felony warrant, deputies said.

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Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested last month on one count of first-degree murder in connection to Onfroy’s death. Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in Onfroy’s death, deputies said in an arrest warrant obtained by the Palm Beach Post.

>>Who was XXXTentacion? 5 things about the late rapper

Onfroy was shot Monday outside a motorcycle dealership. Deputies said he was leaving RIVA Motorsports when he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. At least one of them opened fire, hitting the rapper.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Man Arrested, Charged In Connection With Death Of XXXTentacion


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2nd man arrested, charged with murder of XXXTentacion

Broward County Sheriff's Office

2nd man arrested, charged with murder of XXXTentacion

Authorities in Broward County, Florida, arrested Michael Boatwright, 22, on drug charges on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

XXXTentacion’s ‘SAD!’ music video shows rapper at his own funeral

Rapper XXXTentacion has released a new music video 10 days after he was shot and killed in a suspected robbery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The official video for XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was released Thursday morning. 

In the video, the rapper attends the funeral of his old self and is shocked when the body rises from the coffin. The two versions of himself get into a brutal fistfight, “killing” his old self, according to captions shown throughout the video. 

The video ends with the phrase, “You have done well battling yourself.”

Watch the video on YouTube.

XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” shot up from No. 52 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It’s the first posthumous No. 1 knockout for a lead soloist since 1997, when Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” topped the charts following his murder on March 9, 1997.

>>Read: Slain rapper XXXTentacion breaks Billboard record

The music video dropped one day after fans gathered for XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Onfroy)’s memorial service at the Florida Panthers Stadium in Sunrise, Florida, on Wednesday.

According to The New York Times, the open-casket viewing showed the late rapper “dressed in a blue denim jacket under soft lighting, laid in a dark polished coffin at center stage, surrounded by a spray of black flowers with metallic accents.”

The memorial was organized by the rappers family.

Cleopatra Bernard, the rapper’s mother, wrote on Instagram about the service.

According to The New York Times, thousands of fans attended.

XXXTentacion was shot outside a Deerfield motorcycle dealership, where deputies said he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. Onfoy was shot by at least one of them and pronounced dead at an area hospital. He was 20 years old.

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One of the men arrested, 22-year-old Dedrick Williams, was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, among other charges, according to The Palm Beach Post.

An arrest warrant showed Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in the rapper’s death.

Before his death, Onfoy was trying to turn his life around amid domestic violence allegations brought by a pregnant woman, his attorney J. David Bogenschutz told People. The woman, Geneva Ayala, who identified herself as his ex-girlfriend, detailed her abuse accusations in a 2017 deposition, the music industry website Pitchfork previously reported.

While awaiting trial earlier this year, Onfoy was released from house arrest to go on tour and support himself financially.

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Rapper XXXTentacion sets posthumous Billboard record

About one week after rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, Florida, he scored a posthumous No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Billboard reported the rapper’s song “SAD!,” which previously peaked at No. 7 in March, overthrew Drake’s “God’s Plan” on the top singles charts.

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It’s the first posthumous No. 1 knockout for a lead soloist since 1997, when Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems” topped the charts following his death on March 9, 1997.

“Our research indicates death-related publicity serves primarily as informational advertising that informs new customers,” Leif Brandes, University of Warwick assistant professor of marketing, wrote in a January 2017 blog post on the school’s website. “However, complementary survey evidence reveals that death-related publicity also triggers considerable nostalgic reactions and personal mortality salience – a feeling of their own mortality – from existing record-owners.”

The phenomenon was covered by The Washington Post Tuesday.

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According to Nielsen Music, “SAD!” was streamed 48.9 million times in the United States between Thursday, June 14, and Thursday, June 21, a 264 percent increase from the previous week.

Eight other XXXTentacion songs are also in the Billboard Hot 100, including “Moonlight” (No. 16), “Changes” (No. 18) and “Jocelyn Flores” (No. 19).

Billboard reported that XXXTentacion also became the 12th solo rapper to chart at least nine hits on the Hot 100 simultaneously.

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfoy, was shot outside a Deerfield motorcycle dealership, where deputies said he was approached by two armed people in an apparent robbery. Onfoy was shot by at least one of them and pronounced dead at an area hospital. He was 20 years old.

Related: Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

One of the men arrested, 22-year-old Dedrick Williams, was charged with first-degree murder without premeditation, among other charges, according to the Palm Beach Post.

An arrest warrant showed Williams is believed to have had an “active part” in the rapper’s death.

Before his death, Onfoy was trying to turn his life around amid allegations of domestic violence against a pregnant woman, his attorney J. David Bogenschutz, told People. The woman, Geneva Ayala, identified herself as his ex-girlfriend and detailed her abuse accusations in a 2017 deposition, Pitchfork previously reported.

While awaiting trial earlier this year, Onfoy was released from house arrest to go on tour and support himself financially.

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