The 20 year old rapper XXTentacion was gunned down in Florida on Monday afternoon. He was killed after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Delray Beach, Fla. It was widely reported that XXX was the victim of a robbery gone bad, his family does not believe that. The rapper was shopping at the dealership, and just left the store. The Blast is reporting that the rapper’s family believe XXX was targeted in what they are calling a ‘premeditated murder’. Police reported that the assailants were two black males both wearing purple hooded jackets with long sleeves. The witness accounts from the scene indicated the shooter wore a red mask.
The seemingly random murder took his fans and other artists by shock on Monday. Pictures surfaced on social media of the rapper’s lifeless body on the ground along side his car. Witnesses who tried to render aid, say he had no pulse. Police and paramedics were on the scene only minutes after the shooting. He was pronounced dead immediately after being brought in the the emergency room of a nearby hospital. Kanye West and Pusha-T paid tribute to the rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy.
XXX grew up in Plantation, Florida to Jamaican parents, he had recently been released from house arrest so he could tour. XXX announced in March he was taking classes at a local community college to work on his GED. He was a vocal advocate of getting help with mental illness, and openly talked about his own struggles with depression. He was facing over 17 felonies at the time of his death, the most serious assault and battery on his pregnant ex-girlfriend. While out on bail, he was sent to jail for witness tampering and false imprisonment. XXX denied all the charges, saying the victim was never his girlfriend, and she was not pregnant, he claimed she was attacked by someone else.