Lil Yachty Leads Memorial for XXXTentacion in Atlanta
Since the death of XXXTentacion on June 18, fans across the U.S. have been organizing memorials for the rapper and on Monday night (June 25), Lil Yachty organized his own vigil for the "Sad!" artist in Atlanta.
Lil Boat was able to gather fans by sending out a tweet on Sunday (June 24), inviting fans to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park for a candle lighting. "TOMORROW THE 25TH XXX CANDLE LIGHTING IN CENTENNIAL PARK @ 8:45. ATLANTA RETWEET THIS. NEED ALL @xxxtentacion FANS TO COME OUT 2 PAY RESPK," he tweeted.
Due to rain, the event was delayed for a few minutes, but Yachty was still able to gather a large crowd for the late rapper. "His music meant a lot," Yachty told the crowd in a video posted on Instagram. "It was actually way before his time if you think about it... It's not til now that I understand everything that he had said."
During the event, Yachty also played X's hit single "Sad!" off of a speaker, as he and crowd sang along. The crowd also got to turn up, chanting "long live X" as they jumped up and down.
The rapper also thanked people for coming out, writing in the caption, "TONIGHT WAS BEAUTIFUL. THANK U ATLANTA FOR SHARING POSITIVE ENERGY WITH ME. LOVE LIVE X."
XXXTentacion was shot and killed on June 18 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. after leaving RIVA Motorsports. Following his death, police arrested Dedrick D. Williams and charged the 22-year-old with first-degree murder. Police have also issued two more warrants for suspects connected to the incident, although no other arrests have been made.
Check out Lil Yachty's video below, as well as some other footage from the night.
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