For their roles in the murder of XXXTentacion, three individuals have been given the death penalty. Jahseh Onfroy, the late artist’s true name, was gunned down in Deerfield Beach, Florida, in June 2018 after being robbed by two men who wanted his possessions.
The event galvanized a discussion on gun control and violence prevention across the country. Many have asked for more funding of mental health care as a means of preventing other acts of violence, while others have claimed that doing so would violate the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment without accomplishing much else.
Fans and other musicians expressed their sorrow and paid respect to the young rapper on social media following the incident. Although the outcome of the trial may provide some measure of relief to XXXTentacion’s loved ones, the gifted musician whose life was cut short by needless violence will never be the same.
Collectively, we must examine the reasons for gun violence and fund programs that make our communities safer, more just, and more peaceful. This necessitates investment in mental health care, more gun control measures, and the promotion of a society that places a premium on human life. Only then can we expect to make the world a better, safer place and avoid such tragedies like XXXTentacion’s murder.