Friends and family are holding a memorial for the late rapper XXXTentacion in Florida at the BB&T Centre on Wednesday.
The venue holds 20,000 people, with an array of the star’s nearest and dearest expected to attend the ceremony between noon and 6 p.m. and some celebrity guests are expected to pay tribute.
A video dedicated to the rapper will be played in the first hour of the memorial, according to the Associated Press. However, it’s been reported that there will not be any form of service.
The Sun-Sentinel added that there would be an open-casket so that fans could say a proper goodbye to the musician. Reporter Brett Clarkson live tweeted about the memorial:
The photo Clarkson tweeted about, of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver and X, is below (Oliver is on X’s left, centre).
XXXTentacion’s manager, Solomon Sobande, told the publication: “His mother wants to ensure his fans get the opportunity to see him one last time. His fans were like family to him as well, and we want them to be able to say goodbye properly.”
He added that fans and media would not be able to bring in any recording devices.
The ceremony comes after Nicki Minaj offered her support to Lil Uzi Vert after he called on stars to help set up a fund for the families of those killed by gun violence.
Vert tweeted: “Been speaking to @xxxtentacion family. I want to start a fund/foundation to make sure his child and family are well taken care of not just temporary but for life. I don’t care if you didn’t know him he is part of the hip hop/rock community I NEED HELP from celebrities Please.”
Minaj then replied, “I’d be honoured to help babe. hit me w/ the info.”
XXXTentacion, real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was gunned down and killed on June 18 in a suspected robbery.
It was revealed last week that 22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams had been arrested on suspicion of murder.