A 23-year-old man has been charged in the holiday murder of Rihanna's cousin. According to the Jamaican Observer, the suspect, Shawayne Dashawn Williams, appeared in court for the shooting death of 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne. Per the Barbados court, he was not required to enter a plea to the charges at the time.
As previously reported, Alleyne was shot and killed while walking near his home the day after Christmas. At around 7:00 PM, he was apparently approached by a man (now believed to be Williams) 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.
The superstar shared her sadness over the incident on social media."RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!" she posted 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.”
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. Newsweek reported that through social media posts, it appeared that the cousins were very close. On Instagram, Alleyne had previously 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."
It is still unclear what the connection is between the victim and alleged shooter. A motive has not been publicly shared at this time. Rihanna has not publicly commented on anything else related to the crime following the arrest.
Williams is incarcerated following his court appearance. His next court date is slated for January 31.
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