Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Florida rapper YNW Melly accused of killing 2 friends

Florida rapper YNW Melly accused of killing 2 friends

Melly, 19, who recently collaborated with Kanye West on the track "Mixed Personalities" and is best known for his song "Murder on My Mind" allegedly shot aspiring rappers Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr., 19, on October 26. Police have claimed that YNW Melly, and another one of his associates, YNW Bortlen, staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting, prior to Bortlen driving the two victims to the hospital where they succumbed to their wounds.

The 19-year-old MC was wanted by cops for the 2018 murder of two men, Anthony Williams, and Christopher Thomas Jr.

Police have said that Williams and Thomas Jr. were last seen alive on October 26 in Fort Lauderdale and were transported to a hospital emergency room in Miramar where they were pronounced dead later that day.

Before he was placed in handcuffs, Melly posted on his Instagram he was turning himself in to police and thanked his fans for their support. Police initially believed an evening drive-by shooting had occurred, but couldn't pinpoint what led to the fatal shootings.

The rapper's 20-year-old friend Cortlen Henry also was arrested, in Houston last month, and extradited to Florida on Tuesday in connection with the killings.

Melly concluded the post by saying "I love you" to Williams and Thomas.

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Demons' attorney Bradford Cohen described Williams and Thomas Jr.as the rapper's "best friends" to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

YNW Melly in his music video for "Murder On My Mind".

"Those were his best friends", he said.

Melly - who recently collaborated with Kanye West on the song "Mixed Personalities" - mourned his friends' deaths days after the shootings.

Now, Miramar police are confirming that it was Demons who shot Williams and Thomas- formerly known as YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy.

Demons has a criminal history that includes charges of possession of marijuana and a firearm by a convicted felon, according to The Fader.

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