XXXTentacion was reportedly killed on Monday. According to TMZ, the Florida rapper was shopping for motorcycles when two unidentified gunmen ran up to his vehicle and shot him. An eyewitness said that XXXTentacion had no pulse by the time paramedics arrived on the scene.
The rapper, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was facing more than a dozen felony charges before his death, including witness tampering, witness harassment, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery of his pregnant girlfriend Geneva Ayala.
Here’s everything you need to know about X’s girlfriend, Geneva Ayala:
1. They Met in 2014 After X Threatened Her Then-Boyfriend
In an interview with the Miami New Times, Ayala detailed how she and X started dating. They met in November 2014, when she was living with her high school boyfriend. Ayala said that the relationship was strained however, and after an argument, the boyfriend posted an illicit photo of Ayala on Twitter without her consent.
Ayala claimed that X messaged her and “insisted” on fighting the boyfriend. “He was like, ‘Your boyfriend’s not supposed to be doing s**t like this,'” she recalled. XXX challenged the boyfriend to fight at a Coral Springs movie theater in Florida, but the boyfriend never showed up. The two began dating shortly after. “I liked him,” Ayala added. “I thought, He’s cute. He seems intelligent.”
Ayala told the Miami New Times that her and X dated sporadically for the next couple of years, but a 2015 altercation gave her cause for concern. Ayala admired a Snapchat video of a childhood friend, and X responded by smashing her iPhone on the floor and striking her in the face. “I got slapped for no reason,” she reasoned, “and he kept acting like everything was cool.” Later that day, X allegedly hit her again. “I was really lightheaded, because the slap was so hard,” she added. “It was one of those slaps where you hear ringing.”
2. She Was the Victim of Aggravated Battery on October 6, 2016
The root of Ayala’s assault charges stem from an incident on October 6, 2016. By that time she had become pregnant with X’s child, and the couple were living together. Ayala says that the rapper became unexpectedly angry one morning. “He’s like, ‘You need to tell me the truth right now or I’ll kill you and this [kid],'” Ayala told the Miami New Times. In her official deposition, she states that X punched, slapped, elbowed, strangled, and head-butted her for an estimated fifteen minutes.
After the attack ceased for a brief moment, Ayala looked at herself in the mirror, and said that her temples were swollen she felt as though her head was “going to pop.” X allegedly continued the attack until the couple’s roommates arrived home. X took away her phone and left her in the back room of the house for two days, before she was able to escape and contact the police.
Sweetwater Police arrested X and later charged him with aggravated battery on a pregnant victim and false imprisonment. He pleaded not guilty.
3. She Started a GoFundMe to Help Pay for Her Hospital Bills
After being allegedly attacked by XXXTentacion, Ayala went to a Florida hospital and discovered that her eye had sustained a fracture along the left orbital floor that was damaging her optic nerve. The corrective procedure for the fracture, combined with the other bodily injuries she was said to have sustained, cost her an estimated $20K according to the Miami New Times. In an effort to alleviate some of the financial strain, Ayala started a GoFundMe page.
“It’s crucial I get the surgery otherwise my eyeball will die and the nerve connecting my lip/cheek and teeth will eventually die as well”, she wrote in the page’s description, “I’d appreciate anything, this is a very strenuous obstacle that has been put into my hands. Also could use money towards my living situation and food. thank you.”
Within days, fans were accusing Ayala of fraud, and claiming that she had misrepresented (and in some ways, exaggerated) her injuries to get more money. To date, she has surpassed her goal of $25K and has received $25,463 in donations. GoFundMe deactivated her page for a period of time, thereby blocking her from retrieving any of the money. Ayala has yet to receive the procedure to repair her fracture.
The Blast reports that Ayala’s GoFundMe page was re-activated less than a month ago. The page received over $1K in donations in the hours following X’s death.
4. XXX Wrote the Song ‘Ayala’ About Her
Despite their troubled history, X recorded a tribute song to Ayala on his debut studio album 17. The song, aptly titled “Ayala”, is the outro to the album, and sees the rapper accuse her of being the one who damaged their relationship. He also reveals that Ayala was his “first love” and that he has “a list of regrets” over the events that led to their falling out.
Check out the lyrics below:
Ooh, ah, ah
She showed me fake love, can’t forget
How it hurt, no
Made a list of my regrets
And you were first, love, oh
Oh, it hurts, I can’t forget
How it hurt, no
Made a list of my regrets
X has also accused Ayala of being “mentally ill” in a phone interview. “She’s actually clinically ill”, he said. “She actually was in a mental hospital and it was never thoroughly released, and this was information I actually [tried to] kept it to myself.” X posted the video with the interview on YouTube, along with a video clip of Ayala having a fit of some kind and being restrained on a bed. You can watch the clip here.
5. XXX Denied That Ayala Was Pregnant With His Son
In a series or recorded phone calls that have since made their way online, X claimed that Ayala cheated on him and that she was using the domestic abuse and pregnancy as excuses to blackmail him. “Geneva f**ked my homeboy… She tried to bribe me and my mother and my people for $3,000,” he said, while audibly laughing. “Stop believing the motherf**king rumors. I did not beat that b**ch; she got jumped. Bye.”
In another call, X denied that the child she was pregnant with was his. He went as far as to claim that Ayala had never been pregnant in the first place. “For all you dumb f**k ass n****s that thought this stupid b**ch was pregnant”, he said, “I’ve got the paperwork signifying that she wasn’t pregnant. So when I get out, I’ll f**k all your little sisters in the f**king throat hole.”
It’s not clear whether Ayala ever had the baby or whether paternity was formally proven. XXXTentacion did not post anything about a baby. Social media accounts that have been attributed to Ayala do not show a baby or pregnancy, but the photos are recent. The Miami New Times article doesn’t indicate whether she ever gave birth.
The rapper told the Miami New Times that he never laid a finger on Ayala during their time together. “Women may see or feel that they’re belittled,” he said, “but you’re only belittled if you want to be belittled.” He pointed to Hillary Clinton as an example: “She ran [for president] and she wasn’t killed for it. That says everything.”
When it came time for Ayala to testify against X in court, she declined. She told the New Times that it was done at the rapper’s request, and fear that he would beat the charges. “I was scared,” she explained. “He always invited all his fans to go to every court appearance… When I walk out of the courtroom and onto the street, what are people going to do?”
After X’s death, Ayala told TMZ that she was “broken” by the news. “I didn’t lose my life. he did. it’s permanent”, she said. “I’m still here. Like how do you think that makes me feel? Everyone expecting me to be relieved or happy?! No, I’m broken.”
On her Instagram, Ayala revealed that she tried to attend the memorial site of X’s shooting, but that fans didn’t let her stay. “They kicked me out of the vigil. So damn disrespectful”, she wrote. “I can’t believe people are that selfish. I wasn’t even there 25 minutes and I literally got pulled away from the memorial. I just wanted to stay. I wasn’t bothering anyone.”
She also said that the artifacts she left in X’s memory were burned by fans. “They let them get the s**t and set it all on fire”, she wrote in a separate post. “He would’ve wanted me there. I have no f**king words.”