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Details Emerge in XXXTentacion’s Murder

Suspect’s bright orange sandals helped police zero in on rapper’s killer

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A detective's sworn affidavit in the investigation into rapper XXXtentacion's death revealed details about the murder and how police found suspect.

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A detective’s sworn affidavit in the investigation into rapper Jahseh “XXXtentacion” Onfroy’s death has revealed details about the murder as well as pinpointed how police locked onto one of the suspects in the shooting, Dedrick Williams.

Detective John Curcio of the Broward Sheriff’s Office stated in the affidavit, obtained by the New York Times, that Williams and his accomplice followed Onfroy to the Broward County, Florida motorcycle dealership where the rapper was shot and killed.

According to Curcio, Onfroy was specifically targeted in the attack, with Williams and another man following the rapper into the dealership, where one of the men used cash to buy a mask from the parts department.

Upon leaving the dealership, Onfroy’s vehicle was blocked from exiting by the SUV driven by Williams and the accomplices, who were armed and “demanded property” from the rapper. “After a brief struggle, the victim is shot,” Curcio said of the attempted robbery. The affidavit states that police believer Williams blocked the rapper’s vehicle in while the two other at-large suspects robbed Onfroy.

Surveillance footage from the dealership assisted police in locating Williams, who worked as a tattoo artist in the area. TMZ reports that the suspect was seen on camera purchasing a black, neoprene mask from the parts department, and witnesses later identified Williams when shown his photo.

However, the most damning evidence against Williams was his footwear: The suspect in Onfroy’s murder wore a pair of distinct bright orange sandals; police said they found photos of Williams on social media wearing “the same or similar bright orange sandals.”

The 22-year-old Williams was arrested Wednesday in Broward County and booked on charges including first degree murder, a probation violation for theft of a car and driving without a valid license. Additional suspects in Onfroy’s death remains at large.

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