Police arrest 2nd suspect in rapper XXXTentacion’s murder

Police arrest 2nd suspect in rapper XXXTentacion’s murder
Police in Florida have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of up-and-coming rapper XXXTentacion in June. Michael Boatright, 22, is facing first-degree murder charges for his alleged role in the shooting.

Boatright was picked up by police on an unrelated drug charge last week, and was charged with first degree murder on Tuesday. Police say that Boatright, who has an extensive record of drug charges and an arrest for battery, was a gunman in XXX’s murder.

XXXTentacion, whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy, was shot by two men in a dark-colored SUV as he left a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida last month. Police said that his murder was a robbery gone wrong.

Two days after the shooting, police arrested 22-year-old Dederick Williams, a local tattoo artist. Williams was charged with first degree murder, as well as violating his probation for theft of a motor vehicle and driving without a valid license. Like Boatright, Williams has a long rap sheet, including arrests for cocaine, weapons possession, domestic violence, and aggravated assault.

Two days before Onfroy’s murder, Williams had posted a grinning picture of himself on Facebook, accompanied by the text: “Don’t piss me off u will never know wats next.”

Onfroy’s death came soon after his album ‘?’ entered the charts at number one. Before that, the rapper rose to unexpected fame after his debut song ‘Look at Me’ went viral on social media and the audio platform Soundcloud in 2016. Last year, he reportedly landed a distribution agreement worth an estimated $6 million, according to Variety.

Onfroy was due to face trial on domestic violence charges at the time of his death, according to reports. He had been recently released from house arrest while he awaited trial on battery and harassment charges – all of which he denied.

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