XXXTentacion’s mother said that fans of her late son traveled thousands of miles so they could pay their respects at his Florida mausoleum on the fourth anniversary of his death.
Cleopatra Bernard told TMZ that X’s family, friends, and fans all gathered at the late rapper’s South Florida mausoleum on Saturday. There was reportedly no planned event, meaning the fans all came on their own accord to pay tribute to X, who was shot and killed at 20 years old while sitting in his car in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 18, 2018. A Pompano Beach man named Dedrick Williams has since been indicted on first-degree murder charges, and Michael Boatwright, Trayvon Newsome and Robert Allen have all been charged as co-defendants. A trial date has yet to be set.
Bernard said she spoke with XXXTentacion fans who had driven all the way from places like Los Angeles and Virginia, and began gathering outside her son’s final resting place in the early morning. When Bernard arrived at 4 p.m. to open up the mausoleum for viewing, she chose two of the fans to join her for a candlelight vigil later that evening.
This isn’t the first time fans have gone above and beyond to pay their respects to X. On the one-year anniversary of his death, dozens of fans gathered at the Gardens of Boca Raton Memorial Park in Boca Raton, Florida where X was buried.
The anniversary comes after a new documentary focused on X’s life and tumultuous rise to fame debuted on Hulu in May. Look At Me: XXXTentacion was directed by Sabaah Folayan, who told Complex her new film doesn’t seek to justify his controversial behavior.
“It was never really my goal to try to change people’s minds about him. I didn’t set out to recruit new fans for him,” she said. “I set out to model a type of emotional acuity, and emotional bravery that I think that we can all use in situations like this. I set out to show an example of how a conversation could be had. What people think and feel about X by the end of the film is completely their choice.”