U.S. rappers XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo die in separate shootings

(Reuters) – Two up-and-coming U.S. rappers, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, were being killed on Monday in independent shootings around Miami and in Pittsburgh, police and community media reported.

In Florida, the Broward County sheriff’s office environment reported that XXXTentacion, 20, was shot while leaving a motor athletics dealership in Deerfield Seaside, about 40 miles (64 km) north of Miami.

The rapper, whose authentic title was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was afterwards pronounced dead, the sheriff’s department reported.

“The grownup male target has been confirmed as 20 calendar year old Jahseh Onfroy, aka rapper #XXXTentacion,” the sheriff’s department reported in a posting on Twitter.

Two men fled the scene in a deer-coloured SUV immediately after one of them opened fireplace, putting the rapper in what investigators reported in a assertion appeared to be a attainable theft.

A representative for XXXTentacion’s impartial document label could not straight away be achieved for comment.

XXXTentacion launched his debut album in August 2017. His 2nd album “?” debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart when it was launched in March.

XXXTentacion was born and raised in Plantation, Florida. According to media studies, he experienced spent time in jail and youth detention centres and was awaiting trial for domestic violence from his expecting girlfriend.

His loss of life sparked tributes from the hip-hop local community, like from Kanye West. “rest in peace I never advised you how considerably you motivated me when you were being below thank you for existing,” West tweeted.

In the 2nd incident, Wopo died immediately after a double taking pictures in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette and community television stations reported. Particulars of the taking pictures were being not straight away available.

In a assertion on his Fb page, Wopo’s manager Taylor Maglin wrote, “I shed my brother today and it’s the worst emotion in the environment. He was destined for greatness and he preferred the ideal for his buddies, family members and local community.”

Wopo, 21, whose authentic title was Travon Sensible, was deemed a increasing star in the Pittsburgh rap scene and his 2016 “Elm Street” tunes video clip has garnered additional than 6 million sights on YouTube.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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