A man has been named the fourth suspect in the shooting of rapper XXXTentacion. Trayvone Newsome, 20, reportedly surrendered to authorities shortly before 5 p.m. on August 7. He is held at Broward’s Main Jail on charges of armed robbery and premeditated murder. He was ordered held without bond during a brief hearing the following morning.
According to sources, the rapper XXXTentacion, whose given name is Jahseh Onfroy, 20, was ambushed and shot multiple times on June 18 as he was pulling out of RIVA Motorsports at 3671 N. Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach. He died later that day.
The rapper had reportedly visited a bank before he went to the motorcycle shop and had withdrawn $50,000, which he carried in a large Louis Vuitton bag. The gunmen are accused of stealing the bag out his vehicle after shooting him.
The first suspect arrested was Dedrick Devonshay Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach. He was arrested two days after XXXTentacion’s death. Investigators believe the suspect was the driver of the SUV that blocked the rapper’s vehicle from pulling out of the parking lot, based on surveillance footage collected from RIVA Motorsports.
The second suspect is Michael Boatwright, 22, of Fort Lauderdale. He was already in police custody on unrelated drug charges and was arrested on July 10 for his alleged involvement in the shooting. The indictment describes the second suspect as the shooter. He is being charged with first-degree murder in addition to violation of probation for the drug charges.
Robert Allen of Fort Lauderdale was arrested on July 27 as the third suspect. He was purportedly seen in the surveillance footage a few minutes before the robbery and shooting. The fourth man is suspected to be the second gunman. He possessed a gun during the robbery and killing, sources say.
The rapper XXXTentacion was a rising star with some Billboard hits. He released a No. 1 single last year and chart-topping album earlier this year. His career was filled with controversy. He was arrested on multiple charges in 2016 and was jailed a month later for allegedly hitting his pregnant girlfriend.
According to the New York Times, XXXTentacion had signed a new record contract worth about $10 million before he was shot dead. The rapper had signed the deal with Empire Distribution for his third official release. A significant amount of material for the third album has reportedly already been recorded, but the music won’t be released until October.
“I don’t think Jahseh ever came to grips with how famous he was,” the rapper’s attorney, David Bogenschutz, told the Miami Herald. “If he had security, maybe things would be different. Maybe not.”
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