19-year-old up and coming rapper YNW Melly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Florida authorities have confirmed.
Melly, legal name Jamell Maurice Demons, turned himself into Miramar police for the 2018 fatal shootings of Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr.—two aspiring rappers who were also friends of Melly.
Shortly after the victims' deaths, the artist's lawyer told the press his client was in mourning: "He's sad, he's upset, obviously," his attorney said. "Those were his best friends."
According to TCPalm.com, Miramar investigators determined Melly was the one who fatally shot Williams and Thomas. Authorities told the outlet Melly and Henry had "staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting."
YNW Melly had his breakout last year, releasing a track with Kanye West.