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Rihanna's Cousin Shot and Killed Hours After Spending Christmas With Family

December 27, 2017

Rihanna's cousin was shot and killed yesterday, just hours after celebrating the Christmas holiday in Barbados with his family.

Rihanna posted photos with her cousin on Instagram late Tuesday saying, "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."

She ended the post by including the hashtag "#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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According to media reports, Rihanna's cousin (Tavon Kaiseeen Alleyne), was just 21 years old. 

The 21-year-old was "walking through a track in the area of his house" when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times, according to a local media report. The suspect fled the scene and an investigation is underway. 

Tavon shared a heartfelt birthday greeting to Rihanna on Instagram earlier this year by saying her presence in his life is "a source of joy and happiness."

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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