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Police in Florida searching for suspects in murder of Jamaican-American rapper

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 2:48 PM
An empty vehicle appears on a street where rapper XXXTentacion was shot on Monday, June 18, 2018, in Deerfield Beach, Florida. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Deputies at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, United States are searching for suspects in relation to the murder of Jamaican-American rapper-singer XXXTentacion who was pronounced dead yesterday evening at a Fort Lauderdale-area hospital.

The troubled rapper-singer was fatally shot in the driver’s seat of a luxury electric sportscar, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot outside a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership.

XXXTentacion had been at RIVA Motorsports checking out inventory when he was approached by two armed suspects as he prepared to drive off in a black BMW i8 at about 4 p.m., sheriff’s public information officer Keyla Concepcion said.

At least one of them fired, and then both suspects fled the scene in a dark SUV, Concepcion said.

A sheriff’s office statement described the shooting as an apparent robbery attempt, adding that no immediate arrests were made.

His brief career was mired in controversy.

In 2016, he was arrested on charges including home invasion for a 2015 incident, and less than a month later was jailed on charges that he attacked his girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time.

Later, he faced more charges including witness tampering.

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