J'can acts shaken by rapper's murder

June 21, 2018
A fan of rap singer XXXTentacion pauses by a memorial for the rapper.
Fans and mourners of rapper XXXTentacion write a messages on the sidewalk.
Lenar Nesmith, of Pompano Beach, Florida, a fan of rapper XXXTentacion, writes a message on the sidewalk, on Tuesday outside Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach where the troubled rapper-singer was killed the day before.
Tommy Lee Sparta

The murder of young chart-topping rapper Jahseh 'XXXTentacion' Onfroy stirred much controversy in the media yesterday.

Much of the feedback on social media highlighted XXXTentacion as a controversial public figure, but in the same breath, many Instagram users mentioned that he was of Jamaican descent.

The Broward County sheriff's office in Florida confirmed that the 20-year-old was gunned down in his vehicle while departing a motorsports dealership in Deerfield Beach. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in the area.

Local dancehall artistes Tommy Lee Sparta and Shenseea shared their views on the incident via social media along with messages wishing for the safety of fellow entertainers.

In his post, Tommy Lee Sparta said: "RIP XXXTentacion. Jah know, me no like hear them news yah. Jah guide and protect all musicians."

Shenseea's message was quite similar as she said: "I hope many artistes take precautions when out in the streets."

The messages caught the attention of the artistes' fans, who commented that local artistes should be mindful of how much of their private life is shared on social media. Some of Shenseea's followers went as far as to tell her to change the colour of the BMW she recently purchased.

However, she explained that her car is just showing the fruits of her labour.

"I have always wanted a vehicle like this, so I worked extremely hard for it. I only said public figures should take precautions. I never said we should live in fear because of how wicked mankind is," Shenseea told THE STAR.

"Taking precaution can simply mean being attentive of your surroundings. Bear in mind that public figures are often looked upon for motivation."

In terms of her accomplishments, Shenseea does not plan to hide anything from social media as many of her fans have benefited from posts. She said that although some believe that showing her private life is risky, it can also act as an inspiration to others.

"My advice to every person, artistes or persons just going about their daily routine, is to time their posts. Delay movements on social media. Don't upload videos or pictures until you leave a location. It is something I will be taking seriously and applying it to my own [life]," she told THE STAR.

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