Inside XXXTentacion Funeral (Update)

The XXX Tentacion funeral occurred on June 27th, 2018 at the BB&T arena in Sunrise, Florida. This is what happened at the open casket public service funeral for the slain rapper. This is for all his fans who couldn’t make the funeral.

X’s mourners arrived at the arena on a very hot Florida day, waiting one hour outside in the heat (no shade) and up to four hours in total. Many wore black but some wore shorts.

Inside XXXTentacion Funeral

There was a strict and 100 percent enforced policy: no video, recording devices or phones allowed. The family (unconfirmed) likely wanted to control any media of such a private and personal event. Not surprising after the fiasco outside the motorcycle shop when he was slain.

There were armed Broward County Gang Task Force cops everywhere screening entrants and managing the crowd. Once inside, mourners waited in a long line. It moved slowly towards a downward slope depositing fans onto the floor of the arena. A winding line lead up towards the casket and those inside could see the casket but not in great detail from afar. X’s music played in both the arena and in the hallway. A small video played on a continuous loop.

Inside XXXTentacion Funeral

Watch XXXTentacion’s tribute video HERE.

People waited about two hours once on the floor to get near the casket. The mood inside was somber, some cried, some sang, a few wailed, most waited patiently. Nearing the casket, two large video screens were on each side of the stage. Escorted towards a stage, mourners were allowed approximately thirty seconds to pay their respects to the deceased.

Jahseh (XXXTentacion) was described as looking “beautiful, glowing, alive, at peace.” He had two braids sorta jutting out to the side. Maybe his family will release images, if they choose. Fans (likely over 20,000, but unconfirmed) came through and were then escorted outside. They were not allowed to leave anything by the casket but outside there was a memorial where fans deposited flowers, art, trinkets, notes and keepsakes. Security confirmed the family would pick them up later to take to the private ceremony.

Various celebrity VIPs attended, including Lil Yachty, Ugly God, Denzel Curry, Skai Jackson, Lil Uzi Vert, Adam 22 and more.

Outside, the Gang Task Force  stopped letting people in at 5:05pm, turning away about 1,000 disappointed fans. Many who saw him and whom were denied drove hours to pay their respects. Many friends were separated as some arrived at different hours and they couldn’t communicate with people inside. The cops were nice but stern as they cleared the concourse outside the arena.

People slowly dispersed.

It was a respectful, sad, somber but peaceful public ceremony with little to no incident. #RIPX

Download photos HERE.
Photo Credit: Larry Marano

In addition, we spoke to the reporter who last interviewed X.

Liked it? Take a second to support The Jitney on Patreon! The Jitney needs gas. Please donate or become a Patron here
Become a patron at Patreon!

J.J. Colagrande

Has written about Miami culture for almost twenty years, first with The Miami Herald, then Miami New Times and Huffington Post. He's the publisher of The Jitney and a full-time professor.