XXXTentacion's Uncle Recounts Day Of Rapper's Murder

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: A view of a tribute to slain rapper XXXtentacion during day 2 of Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)

XXXTentacion's uncle detailed the day of the rapper's death on the stand in court, Tuesday.

XXXTentacion's uncle, Leonard Kerr, recounted what he saw on the day the rapper was fatally shot during the first day of trial regarding his killing, Tuesday. Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome have been charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery regarding X's death. Kerr was in the passenger seat of X's car while they left RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida at the time of the shooting. Surveillance footage from the time shows Kerr fleeing as the robbery goes down.

"We get in the car to drive out. At the exit, when we pull out, we stop," Kerr said, recalling the moment on the stand. "[XXXTentacion] looked to the left. I looked to the right. By the time [XXXTentacion] looked to the left, I see a car coming down the block and blocked the entrance. After the car pulled by the entrance, two persons jump out the side doors. One come on Jahseh side, one come on the side that I'm on."

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From there, he demonstrated to the jury how one of the men held their gun. "The taller one do like this, 'You don't come out of the fucking car.' The other one was at Jahseh's side…He was saying, 'Give me the chain. Where's the chain?'" Kerr then took a moment to compose himself before continuing. He explained that he took off and began running. He later heard multiple noises that sounded like explosions from behind him. Afterward, he returned to the vehicle after the gunmen fled the scene. He found XXXTentacion unresponsive and called X's mom, Cleopatra Bernard.

If convicted, Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Trayvon Newsome face up to life in prison. A fourth man, Robert Allen, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. As for their defense, lawyers for the group recently claimed that Drake may have actually been involved in the 2018 slaying. They explained that investigators never looked into X's previous feud with Drake prior to his death. X once tweeted, “If anyone tries to kill me it was @champagnepapi," but later claimed to have been hacked. There is no evidence linking Drake to X’s murder.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.