Memorial Service Held In Florida For Murdered Rapper XXXTentacion
On Wednesday, thousands of fans attended a memorial service in South Florida for XXXTentacion, the 20-year-old rising rap star who was shot and murdered in the state last week.
Funeral Service Held For Late Rapper XXXTentacion
The funeral — held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida — was reportedly organized by XXXTentacion’s family, approximately 25 miles from where the controversy-plagued rapper was shot in his BMW on June 18.
The late rapper’s coffin was open, and was surrounded by photos and quotes from him. Video clips of his music were even shown on screens at the arena.
Born Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, XXXTentacion had several chart-topping hits, including “Sad!” and “?,” which in March reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard.
The rapper’s short life was not deprived of controversy, however, as he received several charges for various crimes. Most famously, he was charged with aggravated battery after he attacked his pregnant girlfriend, although he was also accused of witness tampering and false imprisonment.
XXXTenetacion was known for often communicating with fans on social media about his music, which blended rap and rock music.
Fans sing along to one of XXXTentation’s songs minutes before the viewing is supposed to start. pic.twitter.com/HtrojcBdBG
— Sara Marino (@saradmarino) June 27, 2018
Among those who attended Wednesday’s memorial service in Florida were fellow up-and-coming rappers Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert and Denzel Curry.
Some fans had even made their own tribute T-shirts for XXXTentacion.
The rapper reportedly died following an attempted robbery in Deerfield Beach, Florida, during which he was held at gunpoint outside a motorcycle dealership. One suspect was arrested in the murder, while another was held as a person of interest.