Suspect in XXXTentacion shooting case posted this chilling message two days after the incident
On Monday, June 18th, rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead after leaving a motorcycle dealership in Florida. The controversial musician was only 20 years old at the time of his death, and news of his passing caused ripples of division amongst his fans and critics.
In the days following the shooting, thousands of people took to the streets in order to hold a vigil for X, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, and thousands more took to Twitter in order to comment on the rather turbulent life he left behind.
Yesterday, however, tensions over his killing reached a high point after one man - 22-year-old Dedrick Williams of Pompano Beach - was charged with the crime.
Williams appeared in court via video on Thursday afternoon having been hit with three charges: first-degree murder without premeditation, violating his prior probation conditions, and not having a valid driver's license. He did not say a word during his sentencing.
Two days ago, however, Williams, a tattoo artist, did say something via social media.
In a post on Facebook, the murder suspect - who also goes by the name Chucky - uploaded an image of himself with the caption, "Don’t piss me off u will never know wats next."
The image has since been shared over a thousand times, and, at the time of writing, has almost 2,500 comments from individuals who have been following XXXTentacion's murder case.
"The Xxxtentacion legacy will live forever, but your legacy ends in jail," commented one X fan. "I regret your children, I hope they will find the music of the XXXtentacion once and they will hate you for what you have taken of the world. You are [a] murderer."
"Because of your selfish actions your children will grow up without a father," added another. "You took a life without even thinking about it. X did not deserve that and not only did you murder him but you left his family, friends, and fans hurt. I honestly don't hope you die, but I hope you have a long horrible miserable life in prison."
However, while many people are using social media in order to condemn Williams for his crime, others are using their platforms to remind the world of XXXTentacion's troublesome past.
For the past two years, the 20-year-old rapper had spent a significant amount of time either in jail or under house arrest; and, at the time of his death, he was awaiting trial 15 felony charges - two of which were for beating and falsely imprisoning Geneva Ayala, his former partner. Ayala was pregnant at the time.
Despite this, many people still claim that he deserved to be celebrated as a musician.
"He had some legal allegations before, but the last year he had only been a positive influence on people's lives, making hit Billboard songs," said one fan at his vigil. "He has been a kind person. You could look at his face and smile and he was just a normal kid like us ... His style is almost hard to explain. He had an angry tone. He meant everything he said, even the most simplistic words. It just came off his tongue like nothing. He was speaking his mind."
Police did not give a motive in XXXTentacion's slaying, but, given that Williams has not been charged with premeditated murder, it is believed that his death was a result of a botched robbery.