Just a day after celebrating Christmas with her family in Barbados, Rihanna found herself mourning the loss of one of its members.
According to TMZ, Tavon Alleyne, 21, was shot multiple times on Tuesday evening in Barbados. He was walking near his home in St. Michael when an unidentified man approached him, firing a gun at him multiple times. Alleyne was taken to the hospital following the shooting where he later died.
Rihanna took to social media to speak on her cousin’s passing, noting that she had spent time with him just a day prior for the holiday, making his passing all the more difficult to understand.
“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she said, “never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! #endgunviolence.”
RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man! ???❤ #endgunviolence
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She also shared video her cousin previously recorded of himself walking with his siblings, remarking on how much of a blessing it was to wake up in the morning and be with family.
“It’s nice to wake up” Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95
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The gunman is still on the loose. Authorities have asked for any information that could help them track down the shooter.