Dallasblack.com: Rihanna Mourns Sudden Death Of Beloved Cousin Just Hours After Celebrating Christmas Together + Calls For An End To Gun Violence

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:01 AM

Rihanna Mourns Sudden Death Of Beloved Cousin Just Hours After Celebrating Christmas Together + Calls For An End To Gun Violence

By: Monya Fleming

Rihanna Mourns Sudden Death Of Beloved Cousin Just Hours After Celebrating Christmas Together + Calls For An End To Gun Violence
Rihanna is mourning the death of her 21-year-old cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, who was shot and killed in her native Barbados on Tuesday, December 26. Rihanna requested an end to gun violence while paying tribute to her beloved cousin.

Tavon was murdered near his home in Barbados, just hours after celebrating Christmas Day with the "Lemon" singer.

The "Umbrella" singer, 29, took to Instagram to pay tribute, sharing a slideshow of photos with Tavon.

RiRi wrote in the caption, "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."
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

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Alleyne, of Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael, which occurred at around 7 p.m. a day after Christmas.

Dem only can wish dem only can talk, dem never walk de roads that I walk... #WalkThroughDeValleyOfTheShadowOfDeath #NeVerScaredNeverWill 🙏💪

Alleyne was reportedly walking through a track in an area near his house when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.

Alleyne was rushed to hospital in a private vehicle, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

❤️💛💚 #OTF
Tavon previously shared a sweet message to his "favorite cousin" Rihanna back in February on her birthday. 

He posted a photo with the caption, "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."


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🙌💙🎂🎁🎉🎊🎈🎈🎈

Rihanna also shared a video of her late cousin on her Instagram page, writing in the caption, "It's nice to wake up Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95"

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

Fans sent their condolences to the singer on social media:

One user wrote, "I'm so sorry about your loss Rihanna, I'm sending all the my love and my prayers to you. I love you so much and hate for you to even go through something tragic as this. 😔💕🙏 @rihanna #rihanna #endgunviolence."

Another fan commented, "My heartfelt condolences to you and your family... the gun violence is something that we really need to collectively work on! So senseless!"


Barbados Police stated earlier this month that there has been a significant increase in gun-related crimes on the island compared to the previous year. There were 28 murders in 2016 and 22 of the deaths were gun related.

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In April, Barbados’ attorney general and minister of home affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, assured locals during a press conference that the police force was working to put a stop to gun violence. 



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