VIDEO: Mob Attacks Motorists & Cops During Impromptu Memorial For Slain Rapper
Los Angeles, CA – A crowd gathered to honor the memory of slain rapper XXXTentacion on Tuesday night, but they became so rowdy that Los Angeles police officers in riot gear were dispatched to dispel the chaos (video below).
"I don't know how they can just bring out the cops,” one fan in attendance told KABC. “We're just people trying to like, remember their favorite artist because people really impact other people by their music. This is how people get through things.”
Approximately 500 people blocked off a section of Melrose Avenue during an impromptu memorial for the 20-year-old rapper, who was gunned down by two suspects outside RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida, on Monday afternoon.
The memorial was scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., according to a Facebook page promoting the event.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the crowd gathered in the middle of the street, waving candles and cell phone lights in the air, KABC reported.
Others used candles to form an “X” in the roadway.
"It was really good,” another fan told KABC. “Everybody seemed happy and positive and singing along and everything like that. Then it just got way overcrowded.”
By 9:30 p.m., the crowd had grown to approximately 1,000 people, LAPD Officer Tony Im told the Los Angeles Times.
Mosh pits erupted and attendees began jumping off of rooftops onto the crowd below as the gathering spilled outside of the blocked-off area on Melrose Avenue, KABC reported.
Others mobbed passing vehicles and climbed on top of cars that were passing through, video footage showed.
People set off fireworks, which startled the crowd and sent throngs of individuals running, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One 20-year-old individual was treated for cuts to the head, but the cause of the person’s injuries was unclear.
As the chaos mounted, LAPD officers dressed in riot gear moved into the area to dispel the crowd with less-lethal projectiles, KABC reported.
“They did shoot something into the crowd, probably bean bags,” Officer Im told the Los Angeles Times.
Some attendees threw rocks and other objects at the police during the encounter.
“We’re just kids, like, tryin’ to see a memorial of our favorite, like, rapper, basically,” another attendee told KABC. “Like, they shouldn’t do that just because we wanna go.”
A majority of the crowd disbanded by 10:30 p.m., and no arrests were reported.
Broward County investigators said that XXXTentacion, whose legal name was Jahseh Onfroy, was likely the victim of a robbery.
The killer has not been apprehended.
XXXTentacion was also a controversial figure in the music industry.
At the time of his murder, the rapper was awaiting trial for charges of harassment, witness tampering, and battery, after he allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend to the point that her “eyes became shut and [the] victim could not see,” according to KTLA.
He had previously been arrested on charges of robbery and assault, KABC reported.
XXXTentacion also came under fire for his anti-police video, “Look at Me!” which showed him lynching a white child on an auditorium stage.
“I won’t dare say that you should stop the f - - - - - g ignorance…killin’ s - - t, I’d enjoy the thrill of it,” he rapped. “Bath in blood of officers, different corpses, offin’ ‘em…I could preach the peace but say f - - k it and preach the murder.”
He was in jail when the video became a viral hit, KTLA reported.
XXXTentacion’s latest album, “?,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
You can watch clips from the memorial below: