After rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot Monday, police have now arrested the suspected gunman.
Dedrick D. Williams, 22, was taken into custody by Flordia’s Broward County Sheriff’s Dept. Wednesday, June 20. TMZ reported he’s been booked for first-degree murder.
“In just more than 48 hours, Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives arrested Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach, for the murder of Jahseh Onfroy, also known as XXXTentacion,” the department said in a statement Thursday via Patch.com
At a candlelight vigil for X held that same night in South Florida, the 20-year-old rising MC’s mother announced to the crowd she just received a text from detectives that the suspect was arrested.
The alleged shooter was additionally charged with a probation violation for an earlier grand theft auto charge and is being held without bail. Williams’ past arrests include those for cocaine possession, weapons possession, domestic violence and aggravated assault with a firearm. In 2014, Williams allegedly put a gun to his girlfriend’s head and arrest records obtained by TMZ say he has 11 felonies.
XXXTentacion was shot and killed in broad daylight June 18 as he sat in his BMW sports car outside a Deerfield Beach, Florida motorcycle dealership. Police, according to The Daily Mail, said they believed it was a robbery gone wrong as the suspects took a Louis Vuitton bag. Several witnesses saw the incident, with some claiming to see two men in masks take off from the location. In addition to eyewitness accounts, cops relied on surveillance videos during the probe, TMZ reported.
The arrest news comes after the Associated Press reported earlier this week that there had been no suspects or motive determined for X’s death. An updated report said police believed the slaying was random.
In response to the arrest news, fans have tweeted their thoughts.
“The known suspect who killed XXXTentacion is Derrick D Williams now X can eternally rest in peace 😢.”
“Derrick D. Williams. You are scum. Does Florida have the death penalty still???”
“Derrick D Williams deserves to die.”