by Mike Vulpo | Thu., Jun. 28, 2018 6:01 PM
Friends and family said goodbye to XXXTentacion on Thursday during a private funeral in Florida.
The special service aimed to honor the memory of the late rapper (real name Jahseh Onfroy) was attended by many familiar faces including Erykah Badu.
"LONG LIVE XXX," the singer wrote with a heart emoji while showcasing a memento from the event. "'They may try to erase your face But millions spring up in your place.' -e.b."
Another guest recalled a quote XXXTentacion's great-grandmother said during the funeral. "In life, you can wait for storms to pass, or instead you can learn to dance in the rain," she shared with the crowd. "Jah danced in the rain." XXXTentacion's mom also posted in the evening hours.
Today's private service comes one day after thousands of fans headed to the BB&T Center in Florida to bid farewell to the slain rapper.
LONG LIVE XXX ❤️ “They may try to erase your face But millions spring up in your place. “ -e.b. May you find peace in the next now. May the world begin to understand the depths of living between two worlds and recognize that ( you) Jahseh Onfroy is what happens when one is in a struggle to embrace the predator and the victim inside himself at once. Many feel as you did. May your mother, family, childs mother, and those grieving, find moments of peace. May your growing seed receive all of the beautiful things you may have needed and wanted and be the perfect evolution of your design. May all those who were hurt by your hands, as a result of your own hurt, be healed and granted the lessons they came to receive from you. May the many souls you healed and saved from taking their own lives hold on one more day to do a service for another. Only your eyes can see your heart but we feel it thru the love vibrations in your music. You struggled with depression and other real mental health issues and still you were able to go deep inside yourself to communicate LOVE and empathy to those who had similar struggles -thru your messages. You were on a conscious constant path to healing. You just wanted the world to see. You asked for forgiveness and WERE forgiven by those you hurt. Now the world has a choice to forgive. I see you. The Powers don’t fear the violent part of you...They fear what you were capable of. Evolution.
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Cameras and cell phones were not allowed inside the memorial, but many in attendance shared their experiences on social media. CNN also reported that Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty stopped by to pay their respects.
Today also marked the official release of XXXTentacion's video for his single, "SAD!" Written by the rapper, the video shows him attending his own funeral and fighting with his resurrected body.
XXXTentacion was gunned down June 18 in South Florida. The Broward County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a tweet that the rapper was pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.
Homicide detectives later arrested 22-year-old suspect Dedrick Devonshay Williams. The investigation continues as police seek to find additional suspects.
"XXXTentacion touched the lives of millions around the globe and will forever reside in the hearts of countless fans who listened to his music, attended his concerts, and felt the glow of his uncontainable, undeniable, and unique spirit," his rep previously shared in a statement.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family during this difficult time.
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