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The Florida home rented by TikTok stars the "Island Boys" was raided by a SWAT team on Monday.

Andrew James Thomas, 20, was taken into custody on a warrant naming him as the suspect in the drive-by shooting of 8-year-old Ronziyah Atkins in Belle Glade on Friday.

Ronziyah was playing outside her home when a gunman opened fire from a passing vehicle, reported. The child was the only victim hit by gunfire. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The same home was sprayed by gunfire on Sunday. No one was injured in that shooting.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office confirmed Thomas was identified with the help of cooperating witnesses.

A tip led officers from the Violent Crimes Division and Gang Unit to a Coral Springs mansion where Thomas was believed to be hiding out.

A search warrant was executed at the home rented by the social media stars, who were not named in the warrant.

Thomas was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

Thomas has a criminal history that includes an arrest in 2019 for armed robbery. He was sentenced to six years probation.

Dovi Bezner, manager of the Island Boys, told WPBF Thomas is childhood friends with the Island Boys. He said Thomas showed up on Friday and crashed on their couch.

"We had no idea any of this was going on, really. We just knew him as a quiet kid and he would come and hang out and do his thing and go back to whatever he got going on," Bezner said.

The Island Boys are 20-year-old twin brothers Alex and Franky Venegas, aka Flyysoulja and Kodiyakredd. They are best known for their freestyle rap "Island Boys" that went viral on TikTok in 2021.

Island Boy Alex Vanegas told WPBF he cried when he realized his friend was being arrested on first-degree murder charges.

Bezner said the Boys knew Thomas had a criminal record but they didn't believe he was violent.

"If we knew anything like this was going on we wouldn't have allowed him on the property," Bezner said.

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Back in October, troubled rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again (aka NBA YoungBoy) was released from St. Martin Parish Jail on $500,000 cash bond.

YoungBoy, real name Kentrell Gaulden, was serving time on a weapons possession charge.

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St. Martin Parish Jail

Rather than send the gang-affiliated rapper home to Atlanta or Louisiana -- where he was certain to get into more trouble -- a judge ordered him to wear an ankle monitor on house arrest in Utah.


His legal team convinced the judge that YoungBoy would live quietly in Utah near a family friend who mentored him as a child.
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But rather than sit down and be quiet, YoungBoy took to social media and began taunting his "opps" -- including mumble rapper NLE Choppa.

Then the 22-year-old father-of-8 made the mistake of kicking his baby mama and their 1-year-old son out of an Airbnb he rented for them in Utah.

After his baby mama blasted him on social media, YoungBoy wrote this disrespectful message to her:

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Sources say the baby mama went directly to the feds and started singing like a canary. She allegedly knows where the bodies are buried and where the murder weapons are stashed.

Within days, Harris Co. Sheriff's Office SWAT officers served a search warrant on a home YoungBoy bought for his mother in Texas.

His mother was not at home during the raid on Wednesday, according to TMZ. But officers arrested three men and seized a cache of weapons, including AR-15s, pistols and long guns.

A Sheriff's spokesperson told TMZ that the arrests are related to a November shooting of a 20-year-old man. The man was shot multiple times but survived his injuries.

YoungBoy has not been arrested and he remains on house arrest in Utah. However, sources say it's just a matter of time before he ends up back behind bars.

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