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Rapper XXXTentacion Dies After Being Shot in Florida Outside Motorcycle Dealer
Mon Jun 18 18:37:27 EDT 2018

Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot on Monday at a motorcycle dealership north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, PEOPLE confirms.

The shooting was first reported at 3:57 p.m. at a Deerfield Beach motorsports shop, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office

Further information about the altercation was not immediately released.

However, TMZ reports that XXXTentacion (born Jahseh Onfroy) was shot outside as he left the dealer. Police dispatch audio obtained by the outlet shows the shooting was reported as a possible drive-by involving multiple gunshots.

A witness said someone in a black Dodge SUV fired on someone in a black BMW, according to the dispatcher.

An apparent onlooker at the scene soon shared video on Twitter of a man who looks like XXXTentacion sitting motionless in the front seat of a vehicle as someone checked his pulse.

In his few years in the spotlight, XXXTentacion, a 20-year-old Florida native, saw national success as a rapper as well as several high-profile run-ins with the law — including allegations he was abusive.

RELATED: 5 Things to Know About XXXTentacion, the 20-Year-Old Rapper Shot Dead in Miami

His debut album, 2017’s 17, peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and his follow-up in March, ?, debuted at No. 1. His single “Sad!,” also from March, cracked the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

At the time of the shooting this week, however, XXXTentacion was reportedly facing trial on multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.

He repeatedly denied the woman’s accusations, which were detailed at length in a 2017 deposition previously reported on by Pitchfork.

The woman said then that, while living with XXXTentacion in Orlando, Florida, he allegedly threatened her life “like every day.” He also punched, kicked, tackled and head-butted her, among other abuse, she said.

In a separate incident from 2015, according to Pitchfork, XXXTentacion pleaded no contest to armed home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm charges. He was sentenced in that case to six years’ probation.

XXXTentacion’s attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

A man who answered the phone at the dealership where the shooting occurred said they could not discuss it due to the ongoing investigation.

• With reporting by HARRIET SOKMENSUER

Inside Melania Trump's Surprising Migrant Children Rebuke: Did She Really Criticize Her Husband's Policy?
Mon Jun 18 18:19:55 EDT 2018

First Lady Melania Trump surprised some over the weekend when she released an uncharacteristic statement about her husband President Donald Trump‘s immigration policy, which continues to tear apart families at the Mexico-U.S. border.

“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families,” Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told PEOPLE on Sunday.

“ hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” Grisham said, adding that Mrs. Trump “believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

While some applauded the statement and interpreted it as a “brave stand” against President Trump’s family-separation policy, others criticized the first lady — an immigrant herself — for placing blame for the migrant crisis on “both sides,” rather than on the Trump administration’s policy.

The Guardian argues that on closer inspection, the first lady’s statement “effectively endorsed her husband’s false claim that Democrats are responsible for his administration’s practice of separating parents and children.”

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In a briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also cast the first couple as in sync on the issue.

“What he said very closely mirrored what the first lady said. He hates seeing this,” she said. “He’s called on Congress … Democrats in Congress to work with him, let’s fix this problem.”

Asked if there was “any daylight between the president and the first lady” on the way the administration is enforcing immigration law, Sanders replied, “We’ve made it abundantly clear that the daylight exists between Democrats in Congress and their ability to change the law.”

During an impromptu question-and-answer session in front of the White House on Friday, Trump told reporters, “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law — that’s their law.”

But as The New York Times notes, there’s actually no law that says children must be taken away from their parents at the border. In fact, it was the Trump administration’s decision to prosecute asylum seekers who enter the U.S. at the border that has led to parents being sent into criminal custody and separated from their children.

The first lady has in the past been a vocal supporter of her husband’s anti-immigration beliefs.

Mrs. Trump — a Slovenia-born naturalized citizen who first came to the U.S. in 1996 on a tourist visa — told PEOPLE in a September 2015 interview about her black-and-white view of illegal immigration.

“I went through a whole long process ,” she says. “It didn’t even cross mind to just stay here. I think people should follow the law.”

She added that while she was raising her son, Barron, 12, to speak both English and Slovenian, she agreed with her husband’s views on foreign languages.

“My opinion is that more languages you speak, better it is, but but when you come to America, you speak English,” she said.

Asked if she disagreed with any of her husband’s political viewpoints, Mrs. Trump told PEOPLE at the time, “I don’t want to go political yet. That’s his job and that’s completely his job and I’m supporting him. He’s doing a fantastic job and we will see.”

The first lady’s statement on Sunday came amid reports that nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families during a six-week period in April and May as the Trump administration adopted a “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal entry into the United States.

Critics on Twitter have spoken out against what they saw as Mrs. Trump’s disingenuous statement, including Kathy Griffin , who wrote: “F— you, Melanie . You know damn well your husband can end this immediately…you feckless complicit piece of s—.”

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“Melania Trump’s statement did not call for her husband to end this atrocity. She is complicit,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Please do not use the Melania Trump statement to soften the administration’s action on immigrant children. It says nothing and doesn’t even come directly from her,” tweeted Christina Reynolds, a top strategist for EMILY’s List, a fundraising organization for Democratic women candidates. “This is a Trump policy. Period.”

Author Steve Silberman wrote: “Melania blaming ‘both sides of the aisle’ for children being taken from their parents by the US government does not make her more human or compassionate. It makes her a shameless, vile liar like her husband.”

What to Know About XXXTentacion, the 20-Year-Old Rapper Shot Dead in Florida
Mon Jun 18 18:05:36 EDT 2018

Rapper XXXTentacion was shot dead on Monday north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as he was leaving a motorcycle dealership, TMZ was first to report.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office told PEOPLE authorities responded to a shooting in Deerfield Beach that was reported at 3:57 p.m.

Two hours later, the sheriff’s office confirmed the star, born Jahseh Onfroy, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

RELATED: Rapper XXXTentacion Dies After Being Shot in Florida Outside Motorcycle Dealer: Report

Here are things to know about 20-year-old XXXTentacion:

1. Spotify Stopped Promoting His Music — Briefly — Following an Assault Charge

On May 10, the streaming platform announced that it ceased to promote the rapper’s music following charges that he beat a pregnant woman.

While his music was removed from featured playlists, listeners were still able to find his music if they specifically searched for it. The move, which also impacted songs by R. Kelly due to his own alleged sexual misconduct, drew fire from artists like Kendrick Lamar, and even Spotify employees themselves. Within weeks Spotify reversed the decision on XXXTentacion following industry outcry.

2. Unlikely Duet

In September 2017, XXXTentacion surprised fans when he announced “Again,” his collaboration with Noah Cyrus, who received backlash for working with the embattled rapper after the controversy of his domestic violence charges.

At the time of the release, Cyrus did not promote or mention its release on social media.

3. Landing on the Billboard Hot 100 and XXL Freshman Class

The rapper’s most well-known song “Look at Me!” entered the Billboard Top 100 chart in February 2017 after it was released in December 2015, even reaching its peak at 34 in April.

SoundCloud has been the platform where XXXTentacion has found most of his successes, garnering over 76 million plays thus far. His first song released to SoundCloud was the track, “Vice City.”

In June 2017, he was named to XXL’s Freshman Class and featured on the magazine’s cover.

His first album, 17 — which Lamar publicly approved of — debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in August 2017.

4. He Feuded with Drake

The Six God’s 2017 track “KMT” drew comparisons to XXXTentacion’s breakout song “Look at Me!” — and the young rapper was not pleased. XXXTentacion called Drake a “bitch” during an interview with WMIB that spring and posted photos of Drake’s mother on Twitter with disparaging captions. Drake, for his part, denied that he stole elements of the song (or “flow”) but XXXTentacion continued calling him out on social media, challenging him to “come to Florida” so that he could “out-rap” the “God’s Plan” star.

Migos rapper Offset also waded into the fray on Drake’s behalf, as did Chicago rapper 600Breezy, who warned XXXTentacion that he “got a couple n— that will knock you off in your own city.” Drake took a decidedly light tone by mocking the rapper after he was knocked unconscious during a concert in San Diego.

XXXTentacion fired back by posting photos that appeared to show Drake, most likely a lookalike, in a compromising position in February.

5. Recent Success

XXXtentacion released his second studio album, ?, in March and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

“Sad,” his first of two single from ?, reached 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his first top 10 song on the charts.


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