Rafael Medina Jr’s wife started a GoFundMe campaign. Keep reading to find out how much money has been gathered.
Rafael Medina Jr. is one of three individuals that attacked and robbed 6IX9INE inside a gym on March 21, 2023. He and two other accusers, Anthony Maldonado and Octavious Medina, were arrested for leaping on the rapper at a South Florida gym.
Rafael Medina’s wife, Jamie, started a GoFundMe page to support her husband, who was incarcerated in Palm Beach County on Thursday night, and she hoped to raise $100,000 to get him out. The perpetrators were apprehended based on the surveillance footage.
After the incident, 6ix9ine was shown on a cellphone video lying on the gym’s sauna floor while three guys repeatedly kicked him. A representative for 6IX9INE said that when the gym employees heard a disturbance, they went to the scene, but the men fled. As stated in the statement, the rapper was transported to a hospital by ambulance after police were called.
On her GoFundMe campaign page, Jamie said, “I can’t talk much about the situation because it’s still ongoing, but my husband stood up for what he believes in- which unfortunately, ended in an altercation. It didn’t have anything to do with clout, my husband doesn’t even have social media – the Internet is wild with all of these false assumptions..”
Rafael was also regarded as a hardworking father and husband, and Jamie accepted that what her husband did was a mistake and that he deserved another opportunity. She said that the three are hoping for public assistance since they must pay legal expenses. Throughout the inquiry, investigators discovered Rafael Medina Jr. was eager to confess everything, admitting he was wrong and overcome by fury. The suspects were arrested at the Palm Beach County jail.
Who is Rafael Medina Jr.?
Police identified one of the individuals detained for allegedly assaulting rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine inside a South Florida gym as a high-ranking Latin Kings gang member. Rafael Medina Jr., 43, was arrested in connection with the March 21 incident on assault and robbery charges.
6IX9INE subsequently informed deputies that the suspects also took his white Balenciaga tennis shoes, iPhone, and Lamborghini car key. According to the court filings, Maldonado was a gym member who invited the Medinas in as his guests. Security footage shows them going directly to the locker area and departing a few minutes later with a pair of tennis shoes.
According to court filings, Rafael Medina Jr., also known as “King Leo,” is “a documented Latin King member and has maintained a position of high authority within the Latin Kings for some years.” Rafael is an “Inca” in the Palm Beach County chapter of the Latin Kings, according to gang unit investigators. An “Inca” is the “first Krown” of a chapter and the “president.”
Luis Cristobal, a retired officer from the Miami-Dade Police Department who worked on the investigation of street crimes for over 30 years, told NBC6 that “it clearly seems to be a retribution case.” Back in 2019, 6ix9ine testified against his own gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, in a racketeering case. His goal was to secure a reduced jail sentence in exchange for his testimony.
According to law authorities, the Bloods and the Latin Kings have a “prodigious history” of collaborating on various criminal endeavours. Both of these gangs are members of The People Nation, which is a more all-encompassing loyalty. According to Cristobal, the fact that they are affiliated with a number of different gangs, organisations, or cliques does not stop them from working together.
On the other hand, the reason for the attack in the gym is yet unknown. According to the records filed with the court, Medina Jr. admitted his guilt to an informant during a phone conversation. The injuries sustained by 6ix9ine were not considered to be life-threatening; but, according to the court filings, a security guard at the rapper’s gated neighbourhood indicated that the rapper was concerned that the guys would continue to attack him.
The three accused were each granted bail and placed under house arrest after the incident. Cristobal has said that this will have an impact on future prosecutions in future cases in which witnesses may be testifying against various suspects.