(Miami, Fl) – An arrest has been made in the shooting death of popular rapper XXXTentacion. According to reports, authorities took Dedrick D. Williams into custody in connection to the rapper’s death on Wednesday. The 22-year-old faces charges of first-degree murder, driving without a valid license and a probation violation for theft of a car.
Williams has previous arrests for cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence and aggravated assault with a firearm. He was also arrested for grand theft auto.During an incident in 2014, Williams allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head. According to arrest records, he has at least 11 felonies.
XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy was shot in the neck and killed outside of a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His lawyer says his client had withdrawn a large sum before visiting the shop, possibly to purchase a motorcycle. Police believe the murder was a robbery-gone-wrong, since the two men made off with a Louis Vuitton bag. It’s unclear if cops are still looking for a second suspect.
XXXTentacion had a rough upbringing, which included seeing his mother infrequently and being raised his Grandmother and crashing with friends. He had been upgrading a 1.4 million dollar mansion in upscale Parkland Florida in which he lived in with his mom. Prior to his death, in a video, he said, ‘If worse things come to worse, I (expletive) die a tragic death or some (expletive), and I’m not able to see out my dreams, I at least want to know that the kids perceive my message and were able to make something of themselves.’
He continued later: ‘I appreciate and love all of you and I believe in you all; do not let your depression make you, do not let your body define your soul, let your soul define your body. Your mind is limitless … you are worth more than you can believe.’