With ‘Look at Me: XXXTentacion’ exploring the life and death of one of the most polarising musicians in recent years, both his personal as well as professional experiences are back into the limelight.
Everything about him is covered in this Hulu original, from his undeniable hard work to his mental health struggles to his alleged violent tendencies to his horrific murder.
Now, you don’t have to worry if you want to learn more about the alleged killers of XXXTentacion, their possible motivations, and their current legal standing; we’ve got the essential details for you right here.
Who Killed XXXTentacion? Why?
It was Monday, June 18, 2018, when XXXTentacion — real name Jahseh Onfroy — was gunned down in broad daylight just as he was leaving an upscale bike shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
As per CCTV footage from around the area, as soon as X had started to drive away, an SUV blocked the path before two masked men jumped out, ran towards his black BMW, and “demanded property.”
A tense struggle ensued, during which the 20-year-old sadly lost not only a Louis Vuitton bag containing $50,000 and his chain but also his life from multiple gunshot wounds right to the neck.
Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, was positively identified as a suspect within two days thanks to the unique combination of his white tank top and orange sandals.
After all, he had posted photos of himself wearing the same sandals on Instagram not long before the incident, and the staff at the bike shop immediately recognized him as the man who had purchased the masks.
Dedrick had initially denied having a hand in X’s homicide during interrogation, yet his narrative soon changed to admittance and remorse, according to Jonathan Reiss’ book ‘Look at Me!’
Therefore, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office quickly named not one, not two, but three others as persons of interest in addition to the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Michael Boatwright.
He was arrested on a few unrelated drug charges on July 5, 2018, only to face a murder count five days later — the officials believe he’d grabbed his rifle to open fire on X after the robbery was already over.
More importantly, since Dedrick had been in a Probation Office at the same time as XXXTentacion earlier that year, they think the robbery-turned-murder was actually targeted instead of random.
On July 25, 2018, 22-year-old Robert Allen became the third suspect to be taken into custody, and then 20-year-old Trayvon Newsome was arrested for good on August 7.
The latter was reportedly the one who’d exited the SUV with Michael to rob X at the possible behest of Dedrick, meaning he’s likely going to be held just as accountable as the alleged shooter.
We should mention that Robert’s lawyers have since insisted he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people” and had no hand in the theft, let alone the homicide, but to no avail.
Where Are XXXTentacion’s Alleged Killers Now?
All four suspects in the death of XXXTentacion have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and are currently being held at the main Broward County Jail pending trial (without bond).
While Dedrick has four counts under his belt; dangerous and depraved first-degree murder, probation violation, driving without a valid license, and robbery with a deadly weapon, Trayvon has just two; premeditated first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.
On the other hand, Robert is facing four charges; premeditated first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and two counts of felony probation violation.
As for Michael Boatwright, he has racked up a total of 10 active counts owing to his alleged hand in both X’s murder and an unrelated drug case.
They are; possession of under 20 grams of cannabis, possession of cocaine with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, two charges of probation violation, four charges of warrant vopretrial felony, premeditated first-degree murder, and robbery with a deadly weapon.
All of them face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if they are found guilty.
It’s worth noting that, according to rumors, XXXTentacion’s dad wants the killer of his son executed and the other suspects to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.