The 20-year-old rising rapper XXXTentacion, whose career exploded in the past year, was shot to death in South Florida, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed. Graphic videos of the rapper sitting motionless in his $150,000 BMW sports car emerged in the aftermath of the shooting. You can see the videos later in this article. Be aware that they are disturbing. The motive is possibly robbery.
“The adult male victim has been confirmed as 20 year old Jahseh Onfroy aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” the Sheriff’s Department wrote on Twitter shortly after reporting that “the adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead” in the Deerfield Beach shooting. “The suspects were described as 2 black males wearing hoodies, and the shooter was wearing a red mask,” TMZ reported per dispatch audio. “The car has been confirmed as a black Dodge Journey, with dark tint and black wheels.”
The rapper was rushed to a hospital without a pulse after being shot in his car in what is possibly a drive-by shooting. Whether XXXTentacion was dead or alive was unclear in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, but it looked grim from the start, and authorities then revealed the tragic news that the up-and-coming, but very controversial, rapper is dead. People immediately filled the thread with tributes to XXXTentacion. Rappers Soldier Kidd and Soldier Jojo later denied Internet rumors that they had anything to do with XXXTentacion’s death, and there are no suspects in custody. Tips that lead to an arrest qualify for a $3,000 reward.
According to TMZ, the rapper was looking at motorcycles when a gunman shot him. You can see videos of the moments after the shooting below. The videos are graphic and disturbing because of the scene they show, namely a man said to be the rapper lying motionless in his vehicle. Another man looks into the car in one of them. The first video below is blurred out, but you can see other videos that are not blurred out below as well. They are very graphic and disturbing, so be forewarned.
Here’s what you need to know:
Videos Showed the Disturbing Scene’s Aftermath
You can watch video of the shooting scene above. In a statement, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department said XXXTentacion “was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach shortly before 4 p.m. when he was approached by two armed suspects.” The statement continued: “At least one of the suspects fired a gun striking Onfroy. Both of the suspects fled in a dark-color SUV. Investigators say it appears to be a possible robbery. Onfroy was transported to Broward Health North where he was pronounced dead. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact BSO homicide detectives Walt Foster or John Curcio at 954-321-4210 or Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously at 954-493-TIPS.”
Here are some of the other videos that aren’t blurred out:
TMZ confirmed with the Broward County Fire Department that XXXTentacion was “rushed” to the hospital, but there was no word on his condition at first. Daily Variety also confirmed that the rapper was critically wounded. Then came the tragic news that the up-and-coming hip hop artist had died. The shooting occurred outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
The accounts of the circumstances indicate an ambush-style drive-by shooting so far, although details are still emerging. According to XXL magazine, “it’s possible that X was followed by as many as three vehicles after he withdrew money from a bank.” The Broward County Sheriff also wrote about the shooting on Twitter on the afternoon of June 18, 2018, writing that the department “is currently working an incident regarding a shooting at 3671 N. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach. PIO headed to scene. Dispatchers received a call of a shooting at 3:57 p.m. An adult male victim was transported to an area hospital.” The shooting death has not been confirmed by the rapper’s representatives. TMZ says a Louis Vuitton bag was removed from the rapper’s car.
XXXTentacion also filmed a live stream that seemed to eerily predict his death. Here’s the video from a few months ago. “If I’m going to die or ever be a sacrifice, I want to make sure that my life made at least 5 million kids happy or they found some sort of answers or resolve in my life,” he said on the video. “If worst comes to worse — I f***ing die a tragic death or some s*** — and I’m not able to see out my dreams I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves.”
The Rapper, Whose Star Was Rising, Was Described as ‘Comatose’ in Dispatch Audio
You can listen to the dispatch audio here:
It sounded dire from the start. According to TMZ, dispatch audio described the rapper as “comatose” and the shooting as a possible drive-by. Marcine Joseph, who identifies herself as a local reporter, wrote on Twitter, “…we believe he was NOT shot in Miami, but in Deerfield beach. He was transported to a nearby hospital, alive as of now.” However, that tweet came before the Sheriff’s Department confirmed the Deerfield Beach shooting victim’s death. XXL is reporting that police dispatch audio indicates the suspects might be in a black Dodge Journey and says a man believed to be the rapper was a “level 1 trauma patient.” Some photos also emerged from the scene.
Fans expressed shock on social media and offered prayers for the rapper, who was considered an up-and-comer in the world of hip-hop. In 2017, he made the cover of XXL Magazine’s influential “Freshman” issue, according to Daily Variety. You can see that cover here.
XXXTentacion Burst on the Scene Through SoundCloud But Was Controversial
The Miami New Times published a bio piece on XXXTentacion just a few days before his death, which you can read here. His album, which debuted in March, hit number one on the Billboard 200. His last Instagram post, which you can read above, spoke about attending a charity event.
He was on house arrest until March for domestic violence charges. It was a single on SoundCloud that made him famous just a year ago. His childhood was troubled as his mother was young and impoverished, the New Times article reports, so the rapper “spent the first decade of his life cycling through the homes of friends, family, and babysitters.”
Some sites questioned whether his career should have blown up while he was behind bars. Pitchfork wrote that he was “best-known for a luridly distorted track called ‘Look at Me!.'” The story graphically described the domestic violence accuser’s serious injuries, including eyes battered shut. You can listen to some of XXXTentacion’s songs in the Pitchfork article.
Fans and celebrities offered tributes on social media.
This post will be updated when more information is learned about the rapper’s condition and what happened. You can also read more about his shooting here: