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Chaos broke out during XXXTentacion's memorial service yesterday. The rapper died on Monday in South Florida when he was gunned down by two armed men who approached his vehicle and shot him in an apparent robbery. The Los Angeles congregation for the late musician reportedly started out peacefully, with hundreds of people in attendance to pay their respects to XXXTentacion, but chaos swiftly grew from the masses and disorder allegedly ensued from the crowd. The situation elevated enough that officers fired rubber bullets, and people began jumping from rooftops during the very intense incident. The details surrounding this situation aren't entirely clear at the moment, but here's what we know about what happened.
Around 8 PM, fans of XXXTentacion began banding together for the tribute to the fallen musician. It's not entirely clear what caused the inciting tension, but multiple news crews and LA County Sheriff's department helicopters reported on the scene. There were also officers in riot gear who worked their way into the crowd. Fans on the Melrose Avenue street eventually grew contentious, as they jumped on top of vehicles, crowded the street and sidewalks, and then began climbing the buildings. As the chants grew louder from the rising crowds, a handful of fans were seen jumping from the roofs of the buildings. According to TMZ, the officers were firing pepper balls and rubber bullets into the crowd, and there were participants who reportedly threw rocks into the night air.
The situation was reportedly in control a little after 10 PM, and the crowd had mostly been dispersed around that time. Nevertheless, it was a memorial that was ultimately driven into alleged chaos. It's not clear how many people were in attendance to pay respects to the departed rapper, but there were estimates saying nearly 1,000 people were in the crowds when the local police reported onto the scene. There were reportedly no arrests or serious injuries.
The memorial was organized by Adam22, who was once the manager of XXXTentacion. He captured some footage from the memorial, which he released onto his Twitter account. That account was also where Adam22 announced the time and location of the memorial for his deceased client. Check it out the footage from the memorial below.
In addition to this L.A.-based tribute, XXXTentacion was also remembered in Florida on Tuesday night. It was a candle and flowers vigil, where they illustrated, in chalk, a portrait of where the rapper's dead body was found near the scene of the shooting. He was 20 years old when he was found dead in Florida on Monday.