Two hours before he was ambushed outside a motorcycle dealership in Pompano Beach and shot dead Monday, South Florida rapper XXXTentacion appeared to be in good spirits as he looked ahead to an upcoming court hearing.
The 20-year-old musician, whose given name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, placed a phone call around 2 p.m. Monday with one of his lawyers, following up on a meeting Onfroy’s legal team held at his Parkland mansion on Saturday.
During the call with attorney Jaclyn Broudy, perhaps the last call he placed before his shooting at 4 p.m., Onfroy made no mention of a looming threat or of any potential enemies planning an ambush, said David Bogenshutz, the head of Onfroy’s legal team.
“He was a 20-year-old kid who had kind of hooked onto us as people that he talked to,” said Bogenshutz, a founding member of the law firm of Bogenshutz, Dutko & Kroll. “He didn’t have people who wanted to harm him.”
Since December, the firm had been representing Onfroy in a 2016 criminal case stemming from charges he physically abused his pregnant girlfriend, falsely imprisoned her and tampered with witnesses.
“His favorite thing was to just backhand my mouth,” his girlfriend said in a deposition, according to the Miami New Times. “That always left welts inside my lips.” Onfroy would also fill a bathtub, dangle a microwave over the water, and threaten to let go, New Times reported.
Onfroy had denied the allegations.
Bogenshutz said Onfroy’s death should lead to the case’s dismissal. A spokesperson for the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office said Tuesday the decision about the case will be made at the next hearing, set for June 28.
Onfroy, a rising star in the music industry whose 2016 arrest and outcry over his treatment of his pregnant girlfriend led many of his supporters to vociferously defend him, was shot and killed by two unknown assailants as he was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Pompano Beach, 3671 N. Dixie Hwy., according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The suspects approached him as he sat inside a matte-black BMW i8 in what appeared to be an armed robbery. No arrests have been made.