Who Killed XXXTentacion? Why? Where Are the Alleged Killers Now? – On the afternoon of June 18, 2018, Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, better known by his stage name XXXTentacion, was killed in an alleged robbery outside RIVA Motorsports, a high-end motorcycle and watercraft dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He was shot in the neck numerous times and was critically injured before being pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m.
Four males have been charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm by authorities. They could face life in jail without the possibility of parole or the death penalty if convicted.
With the release of ‘Look at Me: XXXTentacion,’ a documentary on the life and death of one of the most divisive singers of recent years, both his personal and professional experiences have been brought back into the spotlight. Every facet of his life is thus unbiasedly explored within this Hulu original, from his undeniable hard work to his mental health difficulties, and from his reported aggressive tendencies to his awful murder.
Don’t worry if you want to discover more about each of XXXTentacion’s suspected murders, their possible motives, and their present legal status; we’ve got all the information you need.
Who was XXXTentacion?
XXXTentacion (sometimes stylized as XXXTENTACION) was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who was born Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy (January 23, 1998–June 18, 2018). XXXTentacion established a cult following among his youthful followers with his despair and alienation-themed music during his brief career, despite being a controversial figure due to his publicly documented legal difficulties.
His music spans emo, drill, trap, lo-fi, indie rock, nu-metal, hip hop, R&B, and punk rock, earning him praise from critics and fans alike. He is regarded as a key character in the emo-rap and SoundCloud rap genres, both of which gained popularity in the mid-to-late 2010s.
XXXTentacion was born in Plantation, Florida, but grew up in Lauderhill. After being released from a juvenile detention centre, he began producing music and launched his career on SoundCloud in 2013, using unique rap styles and methods, including distortion and heavy guitar-backed instrumentals, drawing inspiration from third-wave emo and grunge.
He founded the underground collective Members Only in 2014, and he quickly rose to prominence in SoundCloud rap, a trap music genre that incorporates elements of lo-fi music and harsh 808s.
With the tune “Look at Me,” XXXTentacion received mainstream prominence. In the United States, his debut album, 17 (2017), was certified double platinum and charted at number two on the Billboard 200. In the United States, his second album, “? (2018), debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and has been certified quadruple-platinum.
By November 2021, the album’s lead song, “Sad!” has gathered more than 1.3 billion views on YouTube and 1.7 billion listens on Spotify, as well as being certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He’s also the all-time best-selling emo rapper.
XXXTentacion had dealt with a number of legal troubles throughout his life, the most notable of which was the uproar surrounding the battery allegations brought against him when he was 18 years old in 2016. Some have described XXXTentacion’s history of legal problems and alleged violence as defining his legacy.
In contrast, others have criticised the media’s portrayal of him, claiming that his later-in-life perceived improvements in character have turned his legacy into a story about the power of second chances and redemption.
XXXTentacion, 20, was shot and killed near a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on June 18, 2018. After snatching his $50,000 Louis Vuitton bag, the attackers fled the area in an SUV. Four individuals were apprehended and charged with murder in the first degree, among other things. The accused has not been assigned a trial date, and the motive for the murder is yet unknown.
Who Killed XXXTentacion and Why?
On Monday, June 18, 2018, XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed in broad daylight while exiting an expensive bike shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida. According to surveillance footage from the area, an SUV blocked X’s path as soon as he started driving away, before two masked males leaped out, sprinted towards his black BMW, and “demanded property.”
Following a violent fight, the 20-year-old lost not only his Louis Vuitton bag holding $50,000 and his chain, but also his life due to numerous bullet wounds to the neck.
One of the suspects was dressed in a white tank top and striking orange shoes, which allowed detectives to quickly identify him as Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22. After all, he’d previously posted photos of himself wearing a similar outfit on Instagram, and the bike dealership staff recognised him as the man who’d purchased the masks only seconds before the event. According to Jonathan Reiss’ book ‘Look at Me!,’ Dedrick first denied having a hand in X’s homicide during interrogation, but his story soon shifted to admittance and remorse.
As a result, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office quickly designated not one, but three others as persons of interest, with Michael Boatwright, 22, being the alleged triggerman. On July 5, 2018, he was detained on a few unrelated drug charges, only to be charged with murder five days later – authorities believe he retrieved his rifle and opened fire on X after the heist had already ended.
More crucially, they believe the robbery-turned-murder was targeted rather than random because Dedrick had been in a Probation Office at the same time as XXXTentacion earlier that year.
On July 25, 2018, 22-year-old Robert Allen was arrested as the third suspect, and on August 7, 20-year-old Trayvon Newsome was arrested for good. The latter was apparently the one who exited the SUV with Michael to rob X at Dedrick’s request, implying that he’ll likely face the same charges as the alleged gunman.
Robert’s lawyers have claimed that he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people” and that he had no involvement in the theft, let alone the homicide, but to no success.
Where Are XXXTentacion’s Killers Now?
All four of XXXTentacion’s alleged perpetrators are currently awaiting trial in the main Broward County Jail after pleading not guilty to the allegations against them (without bond). Trayvon is charged with only two counts: premeditated first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.
Dedrick is charged with four counts: dangerous and depraved first-degree murder, probation violation, driving without a valid licence, and robbery with a deadly weapon. Robert, on the other hand, is charged with four counts: first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and two counts of felony probation violation.
Michael Boatwright, on the other hand, has a total of ten ongoing counts as a result of his involvement in both X’s murder and a separate narcotics case. Possession of less than 20 grammes of cannabis, cocaine, possession to sell, manufacture, or distribute, two probation violations, four warrant vopretrial felony charges, premeditated first-degree murder, and robbery with a deadly weapon are the charges.
They all face life in jail without the possibility of parole or the death penalty if convicted. It’s worth noting that XXXTentacion’s father apparently wants his son’s shooter to face the death penalty, while the other three will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars.