Fantasia Barrino has opened up on Instagram about another family tragedy.
The artist’s oldest nephew, Tyquan, was gunned down on Tuesday morning in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Only 18 years old, Tyquan died of multiple gun shot wounds, law enforcement officials confirm to TMZ, following an argument at a residential complex that spilled out into the street.
Paramedics reportedly tried to save the teenager’s life prior to transporting him to Moses Cone Hospital.
Alas, there was nothing that could be done and Tyquan passed away shortly after arriving.
Police have arrested a 21-year-old suspect, who has been charged with first degree murder.
In response to this awful piece of news, Barrino shared the following photo on her social media account and wrote the following caption along with it:
Ty. Auntie is So Sorry Baby. RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad.
TMZ writes that it spoke to a “devastated” Ricco, who didn’t get a chance to see his son on Tuesday morning as he typically does.
And now he never will again.
“Dear son I needed to write this sooner but it’s funny how life make you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations,” Ricco also wrote on Instagram, adding in the aftermath:
“I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has.
“I remember holding you for the first time that’s when I knew that I had to do something other than work in somebody’s factory so that one day you could look up to me.
“As I write this letter with tears streaming down my face I want you to know that I showed you tough love because I knew you were something special.”
Ricco concluded as follows:
“I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn’t a day that went by I didn’t wonder where you were.
“Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills.
“you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love dad.”
This is just the latest very difficult situation for Fantasia and her loved ones.
Her brother, Xavier has been in the hospital for months recovering from injuries he suffered in a serious motorcycle accident.
Barrino won Season 3 of American Idol.
She has been nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, starred in a Lifetime Television movie about her life and also been featured as a main cast member on a Broadway production of The Color Purple.
We send our thoughts and prayers to her and her family members.
May Tyquan rest in peace.