MIAMI- Fans flocked to mourn and pay their respects at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down, some leaving behind expressions of sympathy along a fence and on the sidewalk.
The 20 year old rapper died on Monday, and no arrests have been made since the shooting, Broward County sheriff’s officials said the incident was an ambush by two suspects, after the rapper left an upscale motorsports dealership in the afternoon in his electric BMW.
His attorney, David Bogenschutz, said investigators told him his client who pronounced his stage name “Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN,” had visited a bank shortly before the shooting and possibly withdrew cash to buy a motorcycle.
Fans Myles O’Hara, 17, and Aaron Gavin, 20, sat on the curb, staring at the ground, they said, “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,” O’Hara said. “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.”
Brandon Lang, a 29-year-old magazine owner, said XXXTentacion may of had an angry persona, but in reality he “did good things,” he pointed out that he had come home to perform in an upcoming charity show.
Lang said, “He had all these mistakes that could have wound up defining him but he didn’t let that happen,”
“That is why he is connecting to all these kids because these kids are going through a really sad time, a sad world. He taught them how to cope.”