According to reports, the late rapper XXXTentacion was allegedly targeted by thieves before his murder. Law enforcement authorities have stated that the motive behind XXXTentacion's killing was an attempted robbery, suggesting that the rapper was the intended victim.
XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot during a robbery outside a motorcycle dealership in Florida on June 18, 2018. The 20-year-old artist was leaving the establishment when two men approached his car and shot him multiple times before escaping with a Louis Vuitton bag containing a large amount of cash. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after.
The new information regarding the motive behind XXXTentacion's murder comes from court testimony given by the lead detective in the case, Michael Greer. According to Greer, one of the two suspects charged with the rapper's murder had previously engaged in surveillance of XXXTentacion while he was shopping. This suggests that the suspects were specifically targeting the rapper and had prior knowledge of his whereabouts and activities.
During the hearing, it was revealed that the investigation into XXXTentacion's killing involved several surveillance videos, cell phone records, and witness testimonies. The evidence gathered allegedly connects the two suspects to the crime scene. The prosecution stated that they have critical evidence "supportive of the indictments."
The police have identified the two suspects charged with the murder as Michael Boatwright and Trayvon Newsome. Boatwright, a known gang member, was apprehended just four days after the shooting and charged with first-degree murder. Newsome, the second suspect, remains at large, with authorities offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
The motive for the robbery, as suggested by investigators, was the theft of a large amount of cash which XXXTentacion had just withdrawn from a bank to purchase a motorcycle. The rapper was known to carry substantial sums of money and often flaunted it on social media, leading to speculation that his extravagant lifestyle made him a target for criminals.
While the arrest of one suspect provides some closure, the search for Trayvon Newsome continues. The police are urging anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward.
The tragic death of XXXTentacion, one of the rising stars in the music industry, shocked fans worldwide. As the investigation progresses, additional details are expected to emerge, shedding more light on the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise.