A memorial to remember the life of rapper XXXTentacion descended into rioting and carnage as mourners allegedly threw rocks at cops and received a barrage of rubber bullets and pepper spray in return.
The 20-year-old rapper was gunned down in an apparent robbery in Florida on Monday afternoon and died shortly after being rushed to hospital. XXX – real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – had been shopping for motorcycles and was leaving the dealership when he was approached by two men, one of whom fired multiple shots at him.
Hundreds of fans gathered Tuesday night in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles to remember slain rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead in Florida Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, between 300 and 500 people thronged Melrose Avenue near Spaulding, blocking traffic. Some climbed onto rooftops, and at one point, a mosh pit formed in the middle of the crowd. Some attendees also formed a candlelight vigil in the middle of a road.
Police became involved around 7:20 p.m., and several police cruisers blocked the intersections around the protesters. Shortly before 9 p.m., more police officers were en route to disperse the crowd.
According to Hollywood Scanner, the crowd became “increasingly aggressive,” including jumping on the hood of a news van, swarming vehicles, and throwing things at police. An on-site LAPD helicopter advised that there were 1,000 people in the area and sent out dispersal orders. Police had to use rubber bullets and pepper spray to subdue to unruly crowd after they started to hurl rocks at the officers.
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