Why XXXTentacion’s violent confession matters even after his death

Fans rushed to defend the troubled star, who denied abusing his former partner, but a secret recording now shows otherwise

The murder of Jahseh Onfroy, better known as XXXtentacion, ended a number of things. It ended the burgeoning career of a Floridian rapper who had achieved extraordinary popularity by the age of 20. It ended the life of a troubled young man coping publicly with mental health issues, something expressed through his provocative art and social media presence. It also ended any chance at bringing Onfroy to justice for the multiple criminal charges against him – including assault, battery, false imprisonment and witness tampering – that were all part of the same domestic violence case.

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