Singer Nicole Scherzinger took to Instagram earlier this week to mourn the death of her cousin and ask for the public’s help in finding the driver that killed him.
Scherzinger, 41, wrote on Instagram on Wednesday that her cousin, John Frederick III, was killed at around 3 a.m. on Saturday in a hit-and-run in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The driver allegedly struck Frederick and then fled the scene, according to a flyer that she shared in the post.
“It’s like a nightmare, that we will never be able to wake from...It is with the heaviest of hearts that I say goodbye to my beautiful cousin, John Boy,” Scherzinger wrote. She added later, “Though I must take comfort in knowing that he is at peace with our Lord, I also know the agony our family is going through, knowing someone hit him head on and just left him there to die.”
Frederick was hit while crossing a street in the area of West Broward Boulevard and Northwest 7th Avenue, according to NBC Miami. Surveillance footage obtained by the outlet shows the driver of the car — which police say may be a 2011 to 2019 silver Hyundai Sonata — driving away after hitting the victim. Investigators say that the vehicle in question is likely to have sustained damage to the front end, the outlet reports.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954)-493-TIPS, according to the flyer Scherzinger posted.
Frederick was 35, WPLG Local 10 reports. His sister, Jillian Frederick, told the outlet that her brother saw the car coming but was hit after he “lost his footing” in the road.
“That’s my brother. He’s mine, and someone took him from me,” she said. “He was a great man, a great brother, a good son.”
Broward County Crime Stoppers have offered a $3,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Scherzinger, formerly a member of the Pussycat Dolls, shared the news of Frederick’s death both on Twitter and Instagram and used the hashtag “JusticeForJohnBoy.”
“My sweet cousin, I love you so much. This world was a better place with you and your kind, creative heart in it. We will never forget you and will carry you with us forever,” she wrote on Instagram. “My family and I are pleading for any information which could help support the investigation into the tragic death of this incredible man. I ask that whoever did this, has the dignity and strength to come forward. Our God is a loving and forgiving God, but I pray for justice for John Boy and closure for my family.”
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