XXXTentacion’s Killers Tracked Him as He Went to Motorcycle Dealership Before Shooting and Robbing Him

Investigators surround a vehicle after the rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday.
John Mccall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel, via Associated Press

The killers of the rapper XXXTentacion were tracking him in his last moments on Monday afternoon, following the rapper into a motorcycle dealership before shooting and robbing him in his car less than half an hour later, according to court documents.

In a sworn affidavit, Detective John Curcio of the Broward Sheriff’s Office described detailed evidence taken from video surveillance — including images of orange sandals worn by one of XXXTentacion’s killers — that led to the arrest on Wednesday of Dedrick D. Williams, 22, on charges including first-degree murder.

In the affidavit, Detective Curcio says that XXXTentacion, an influential 20-year-old rapper whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, arrived at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Fla., at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, with an unidentified friend. Two minutes later, two men got out of a dark sport utility vehicle and followed the rapper into the store; one, described as wearing a white tank top and bright orange sandals, bought a mask at the parts department, paying cash.

The two men then left the store and moved their car to the north gate of the parking lot, where, according to the affidavit, XXXTentacion tried to exit in his BMW at 3:55. The S.U.V. blocked him, and the two men — now masked and armed — stepped out of the car and “demanded property.”

“After a brief struggle, the victim is shot,” Detective Curcio wrote. The men removed a bag from XXXTentacion’s car and drove off.

To identify the assailants, the police sent images from the video to patrol units. Examining Mr. Williams’s Instagram feed, they found recent pictures of him wearing “the same or similar bright orange sandals.” Employees of the dealership also identified Mr. Williams — a tattoo artist who appears to have ties to the local rap scene — from photographs.

The affidavit, dated Tuesday, makes no mention of what happened to XXXTentacion’s friend.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Ben Sisario