Fantasia Barrino's 18-year-old nephew was killed in a shooting in North Carolina on Tuesday.
The Greensboro Police Department tells ET that Tyquan Barrino was found with multiple gunshot wounds in front of a home in Greensboro, North Carolina. Paramedics attempted life-saving measures on Tyquan before transporting him to Moses Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police have arrested 21-year-old suspect David Lee White Jr. in connection with the shooting and charged him with first-degree murder. He is being held in Guilford County Jail without bond.
Fantasia paid tribute to her late relative on Instagram by posting a few photos, and a heartfelt message. "Ty 😢 Auntie is So Sorry Baby 💔 RIP to my oldest nephew. Please pray for his mother and my brother @riccobarrino and his stepdad," she wrote.
The American Idol's brother, Tyquan's father, also shared a "love letter" to his late son. "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," he wrote in part. "I knew you were [a] leader at that moment and all the way up to your first big 18th birthday."
The post concluded: "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."
Reporting by Rande Iaboni.
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