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A suspect in Florida was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the rapper XXXTentacion’s fatal shooting.
Dedrick Devonshay Williams (pictured below, left) was arrested in connection with the Monday murder of 21-year-old XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy.
A spokesperson for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Williams’ arrest to Oxygen.com. Williams, 22, was taken into custody shortly before 7 p.m. in Pompano Beach, police said. He was booked on charges including first degree murder, probation violation for theft of a car and driving without a valid license. Details about his alleged involvement in the killing were not immediately released.
XXXTentacion was shopping for motorcycles in Deerfield Beach, Florida, just before 4 p.m. Monday when two gunmen approached him in a possible robbery attempt. At least one of the men opened fire before fleeing the scene.
XXXTentacion released two major label albums: “17,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard charts last August, and “?,” which debuted at number one in March. Although he reached success with music, his personal life was often scarred by violence and legal troubles.
He was charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a firearm in November 2015 and pleaded no contest.
He was accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend and holding her hostage until her face could heal from the bruises, according to Pitchfork. He was arrested in October 2016 on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was awaiting trial.
[Photos: Broward County Sheriff's Office, Getty Images]
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