Early yesterday a shooting in Brooklyn claimed the life of rapper Nicki Minaj's cousin. Nicholas Telemaque, 27, was shot in the early morning near his home on East 52nd Street and Farragut Road in East Flatbush.

Nicki took to Twitter to notify her fans of the tragedy, posting pictures of him and tweeting, "*My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY."

Telemaque was found by police with gunshot wounds to his upper torso and rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he later died. Authorities have yet to determine what started the shooting and who is responsible.

[NY Post]