Suspect Arrested in Murder of Rapper XXXTentacion

Dedrick Devonshay Williams has been arrested on charges including first-degree murder in the death of XXXTentacion.
Broward Sheriff’s Office

A suspect was arrested Wednesday night in the killing of Jahseh Onfroy, the 20-year-old rapper known as XXXTentacion, the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday morning.

Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. in Pompano Beach, on charges including first-degree murder — described in documents as “murder dangerous depraved without premeditation” — as well as grand theft of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said that more details, including Mr. Williams’s arrest warrant, would be released later today. Mr. Williams is expected to make an appearance Thursday afternoon at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, according to the State Attorney’s office.

XXXTentacion, a gifted but controversial rapper who was highly influential on a generation of young rappers who have taken root chiefly on the online platform SoundCloud, was killed on Monday outside a motor sports store in Deerfield Beach, Fla. In a previous statement, the sheriff said that XXXTentacion had been approached by two armed suspects as the rapper left the dealership.

Sheriff’s representatives did not immediately answer further questions on Thursday about the arrest.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Ben Sisario