Rihanna's cousin has been fatally shot in Barbados. The Anti singer shared multiple pictures of her cousin on her Instagram account Tuesday night and called for an end to gun violence. "Can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms," Rihanna said. "Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body."
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The Guardian pointed out that there was a shooting victim identified as 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne by local news outlets. In her Instagram post, Rihanna tagged @merka_95 but did not mention his name. An investigation is ongoing.
Every day we are happy to have you in our lives. Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true. #LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymoretocome🙌💙🎂🎁🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈
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Tavon was reportedly walking by a track near his home in St. Michael around 7 p.m. local time when he was shot "multiple times." The unidentified suspect fled the scene.
Following Rihanna's tribute post, fans shared messages of support on Twitter:
you have always been there for us @rihanna, so let us be there for you in return. we are a family and if a member of our family is bad we all sum it up. RIP to your cousin #EndGunViolence ! we are with you my love, we love you RiRi ❤️🙏🏽#StayStrongRihanna pic.twitter.com/3jxSte9qAS— Robyn’s Wife (@Robynswife_) December 27, 2017
We’re here for you Robyn, sending prayers to your family @rihanna ❤️— Romy (@badg4lrihanna) December 27, 2017
@rihanna all my condolences my love, we are going through this hard ordeal with you. You can always count on the support of navy, my heart is broken tonight by this sad announcement but know that WE LOVE you and that you are not alone in this tragedy, be string my heart !❤️— ⠁⠝⠞⠊ (@fntybxtch) December 27, 2017
Earlier this month, Rihanna attended the renaming ceremony of St. Michael's Westbury New Road, the street where she grew up. The road was renamed Rihanna Drive at the behest of the Barbados Ministry of Tourism. "WESTBURY is more than a community, we're family!!!" Rihanna said of the honor. "Thank you for all that you've poured into my life and the woman I am! It takes a village, and I'm glad my village was you."