Rihanna Calls For End To Gun Violence On Instagram After Her Cousin Dies In Shooting

Rihanna was hit by tragedy over the holidays.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Rihanna was hit by tragedy over the holidays. According to Time, the singer announced the day after Christmas that her cousin was shot and killed in her native Barbados. She took to Instagram to share her sadness over the death of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne.

"RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!" she shared on Instagram. "Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!"

In her post, Rihanna also called for an end to gun violence with the hashtag “#endgunviolence.”

Alleyne was allegedly shot when he was walking near his home in St Michael. At around 7:00 PM, he was apparently approached by a man who shot him multiple times, according to Billboard. The shooter fled the scene. Alleyne was taken to the hospital where he died, reported CBS News.


Rihanna also shared a video for her cousin. "''It's nice to wake up' Be grateful for life man," she captioned

"It's nice to wake up" Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95

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As Newsweek reported, social media posts indicate that the cousins were close. On Instagram, Alleyne posted a photo wishing the "Wild Thoughts" singer a very happy birthday when she turned 29. 

"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," he wrote. "To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true. #LoveYouLoads."

In 2015, Rihanna shared with Vanity Fair that her extended family was incredibly close in Barbados. Growing up, everyone in the family watched over each other. The superstar even had to show her report card to every aunt and uncle.

It is unclear what the connection was — if any — between the shooter and Rihanna's cousin. A possible motive has also not been shared. Authorities are looking for help in the active investigation to find the shooter, and they are asking the public to come forward with information that could assist in solving the crime. Page Six shared that tips can come into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477).

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