YNW Melly Arrested, Faces Double First-Degree Murder Charges of 'Best Friends'

 Esdras Thelusma
YNW Melly

After kicking off his We All Shine Tour in NYC Monday (Feb. 11), the rest of the trek across the U.S. is now in peril. The Miramar Police Department confirmed Wednesday night (Feb. 13) that they've arrested Florida rapper YNW Melly. The 19-year-old, who has been tangled with the law as recently as January, is being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree. 

"Jamell Demons, a.k.a. YNW Melly & Cortlen Henry have been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder," wrote the Miramar Police Department's official Twitter. "The victims, Anthony Williams & Christopher Thomas Jr., were killed on 10/26/2018. The investigation, supported by forensic evidence, has concluded that Demons shot and killed Williams & Thomas Jr. and that Demons and Henry staged the crime scene to resemble a drive-by shooting."

Anthony "Sak" Williams and Christopher "Juvy" Thomas Jr. were Melly's "best friends" and aspiring rappers as part of his YNW crew. "He's sad, he's upset, obviously. Those were his best friends." Melly's attorney Bradford Cohen relayed to the Sun Sentinel following the double-murder in October. 

Back on Oct. 26, both Williams and Thomas Jr. were driven to the Miramar Memorial Hospital by Cortlen Henry in a Jeep Compass around 4:35 a.m. ET already suffering from severe gunshot wounds. The two men were pronounced dead upon arrival, says the Sun Sentinel

Prior to turning himself in, the "Mixed Personalities" artist released a statement on his Instagram Wednesday (Feb. 13).

"To all my fans and supporters no I did not get locked up in Washington, but I am turning myself in today I want you guys to know I love you and appreciate every single one of y’all, a couple months ago I lost my two brothers by violence and now the system want to find justice.. unfortunately a lot of rumors and lies are being said but no worries god is with me and my brother @ynw.bortlen and we want y’all to remember it’s a ynw Family I love you @ynwsakchaser1 and @ynwjuvy #freeus," he captioned.

Billboard has reached out to the Miramar Police Department. See the rapper's Instagram below.