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7 Months After His Murder, Rapper Is a Father

XXXTentacion's girlfriend gives birth to a son
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2019 11:00 AM CST
In this June 27, 2018, file photo a fan wears a cross around her neck dangling on a t-shirt in remembrance before she enters a memorial for the rapper, XXXTentacion in Sunrise, Fla. Seven months after...   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(Newser) – Seven months after XXXTentacion was killed, the AP reports that the rapper's son has been born. Jenesis Sanchez, XXXTentacion's girlfriend, gave birth Saturday to baby boy Gekyume Onfroy. The birth was announced Saturday evening by XXXTentacion's mother, Cleopatra Bernard. Gekyume's name is derived from a word the rapper created prior to his passing. His family defined it as meaning "a different state" or "next universe of thought." TMZ notes that he was born three days after his father would have turned 21.

The 20-year-old rising star, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was fatally shot in June in Florida in what authorities called a robbery attempt. XXXTentacion's sophomore album debuted No. 1 on the Billboard charts last March. In December, a posthumous album also reached No. 1. Four men have been indicted by a grand jury on suspicion of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of XXXTentacion.

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