Following the death of XXXTentacion, donations to the Florida rapper’s ex-girlfriend and victim surged.
Geneva Ayala created the GoFundMe page in October 2016 to fund orbital surgery that would cost roughly $20,000 after injuries sustained from alleged abuse by the late rapper. Within one hour after the news of XXX’s death broke, the account received over $1000 in donations. At the moment of this report, the donations total more than $32,000— surpassing the $25,000 goal.
In 2016, XXX was arrested for aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering on then-girlfriend Ayala. The abuse was documented last year in an extensive report by Pitchfork.
Ayala claimed that shortly after launching the GoFundMe page, the rapper’s fans accused her of fraud and her account was temporarily frozen. It was re-activated less than a month ago.
The page shows copies of medical paperwork documenting the victim’s conditions. Ayala described her injuries and financial needs writing,
There’s two fractures in my left eye socket due to an aggressive hit, along with nose and jaw fractures. since these bones are fractured they’re piercing into the back of my eyeball causing damage to an optical nerve and my eye itself. the left side of my face has lost some sensation, i cannot feel my upper lip on the left side, and same for my upper teeth on the left side. and as for my left eye’s vision, it’s diminishing as the days go by. it’s crucial i get the surgery otherwise my eyeball will die and the nerve connecting my lip/cheek and teeth will eventually die as well. i’d appreciate anything, this is a very strenuous obstacle that has been put into my hands. also could use money towards my living situation and food. thank you.
XXXTentacion, born Dwayne Onfroy, was gunned down on June 18, 2018. He died at age 20.
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