Just one day after spending Christmas with her cousin, Rihanna learned he had been shot and killed in Barbados on Tuesday.
According to local news outlet Nation News, 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was shot multiple times by an unidentified assailant near his home. Rihanna took to Instagram shortly after to mourn the loss of her family member and posted several pictures of their happy times together.
“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,” she wrote as the caption to the series of images, using a hashtag to call for an end to gun violence.
Alleyne’s Instagram feed also contained several photos with Rihanna, whom he deemed his “favourite cousin.”
Our thoughts are with Rihanna and her family.
This article was originally published by InStyle.