Rapper XXXTentacion had been urged to consider security before he was shot dead in Florida this week, his lawyer said.
“We talked about him needing security,” lawyer David Bogenschutz told the Sun-Sentinel on Tuesday. “That he was past the point of being a kid making melodies on the street.”
The 20-year-old, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, experienced a meteoric rise from underground SoundCloud rapper to having his second studio record “?” debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 album chart in March.
He was gunned down in front of a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield, Fla., on Monday in what law enforcement think was a botched armed robbery. No arrests had been made as of Wednesday.
A friend of Onfroy’s also said the rapper had been taking steps to stay safe by not traveling alone when he could.
“Through the years he’s gained some enemies and it’s hard to speak right now but he did not travel alone,” his pal and producer Zxflo told the Daily Mail. “He knew that he has enemies obviously. He would not go places alone.”
While detectives are investigating the shooting as a random robbery, they are not discounting any theory.
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