Rapper YNW Melly charged with murder

Carla Harmon
February 14, 2019

U.S. rapper YNW Melly has been arrested and charged with murdering two other rappers, both said to have been his childhood friends, in Florida.

Miramar Police Department announced the murder charges against him on social media, saying Mr Demons had been arrested for murder alongside another man named Cortlen Henry - who uses the rap name YNW Bortlen.

They say Mr Henry drove both shooting victims to a local hospital at 04:35 local time - where they were declared dead. Miramar Police said the two staged the scene to resemble a drive-by shooting.

Local rappers YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser
Local rappers YNW Juvy and YNW Sakchaser

"Jamell Demons, a.k.a. YNW Melly & Cortlen Henry have been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder", Miramar PD tweeted.

"I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y'all", Demons wrote on Instagram before surrendering to the police. Police say Demons shot the two, while Henry drove the vehicle; the pair staged the crime scene, a Jeep Compass, to make it appear that a drive-by shooting had taken place.

Both of the victims were friends with Demons and part of the same musical group, in which Williams went by the stage name YNW Sackchaser and Thomas was known as YNW Juvy. Williams and Thomas Jr. were aspiring rappers from Vero Beach.

Just after the murder, Melly's attorney Bradford Cohen said, according to the Sun Sentinel, the rapper is "sad, he's upset, obviously".

The victims both featured in the "Melly" documentary video posted to YNW Melly's YouTube page.

"Those are his best friends".

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

As of Wednesday evening, no word on the cancelation of his We All Shine Tour which has dates in Philadelphia (Feb. 14), Mesa, Arizona (Feb. 18), Atlanta (Feb. 24), Dallas (Feb. 26), Houston (Feb. 27), San Francisco (March 5), Santa Ana, Calif. (March 6), and Los Angeles (March 7).

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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