Some began queuing for the event as early as 7am
Thousands of fans attended a public memorial in Florida for late rapper XXXTentacion yesterday (June 27).
The rapper died from gunshot wounds after he was shot in Broward County, Florida as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership.
The public memorial was held at 20,000 capacity BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida and included an open-casket viewing. Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert and Denzel Curry were among the artists in attendance while some fans began lining up at 7am.
The memorial opened at noon and held a strict no-phone policy. There was also metal detectors and security guards present.
Writing in an Instagram post, the rapper’s mother said: “Come out and say your final goodbyes, he considered you all family and I wanted to do something special for you all.” See that Instagram post and more pictures and footage from the service below.
According to The New York Times, XXXTentacion was dressed in a blue denim jacket and placed in a dark polished coffin. Black flowers surrounded him while, clips, pictures, music videos and footage of the memorial in Los Angeles were played on screens above the crowd.
Yesterday (June 27), police named a new person of interest in XXXTentacion‘s murder. They’re searching for 22-year-old Robert Allen, who is believed to be connected to the incident. Allen has a prior arrest history in Broward County and was arrested in 2016 on 22 counts of identity fraud.
22-year-old Dedrick Williams had already been arrested and reportedly charged with first-degree murder in the case.
A lawyer for the late artist said that police investigators believed the rapper he was targeted at random, while two Florida-based rappers – Soldier Kidd and Soldier JoJo – were recently forced to deny any involvement in the murder.