A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal Broward County, Florida, shooting of rapper XXXTentacion, police said Thursday.
Authorities arrested Dedrick Williams of Pompano Beach on Wednesday evening and charged him with first-degree murder.
Though Williams’ inmate record describes the charge as “murder dangerous depraved (without) premeditation,” the arrest warrant accused Williams of killing the rapper “from a premeditated design.”
He was also charged with a probation violation and operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
At the time of his arrest, Williams was on probation until 2021 for grand theft motor vehicle, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Williams appeared in court Thursday afternoon, where a judge ordered him held without bond. He is scheduled to be back in court Monday for the probation violation.
Killed on the rise
Broward police said XXXTentacion was killed Monday during an apparent robbery.
The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was leaving a motorsports store shortly before 4 p.m. when two men in a dark colored SUV shot and killed him in an apparent robbery, said Keyla Concepción, Broward County sheriff department public information officer.
XXXTentacion, a Plantation, Florida, native, rocketed to fame after his song “Look at Me” went viral on social media and audio distribution platform SoundCloud in 2016 according to CNN affiliate WSVN-TV.
He went on to be featured in XXL magazine’s 2017 Freshman Class alongside other up-and-coming artists.
When the news of XXXTentacion’s death hit, rappers took to social media.
Kanye West shared his condolences, saying “Rest in peace I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”
Big Sean said on Twitter that his heart dropped when he heard about his fellow rapper’s death.
CNN’s Devon M. Sayers, Tina Burnside and Amir Vera contributed to this report.