Second suspect arrested over rapper XXXTentacion's killing

Rapper XXXTentacion attends the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on October 6, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo: Bennett Raglin / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

MIAMI - A second suspect has been arrested over the death of Florida rapper XXXTentacion, whose fame was quickly rising when he was gunned down last month, authorities said Wednesday.



Michael Boatwright, 22, had already been taken into custody on July 5 on unrelated drug charges. He was served Tuesday with a new arrest warrant for first-degree murder, the Broward County Sheriff's office said.

He is the second person arrested over the June 18 killing, with 22-year-old Dedrick Williams detained two days after XXXTentacion's death.

The sheriff's department said it was still searching for another suspect, Robert Allen, who is also 22.



XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was shot outside a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami in what investigators have been treating as a robbery attempt.

The 20-year-old rapper's star had quickly risen with his intensely personal, often suicidal verse and muffled musical delivery. His song "Sad!" soared to number one on the US chart after his death.


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