Pop star Rihanna posted a heartbreaking message on social media mourning her 21-year-old cousin, who was shot dead in Barbados shortly after she celebrated Christmas with him.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty's cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, was reportedly shot multiple times by an unidentified man while walking near his home in the St. Michael area of Barbados on Dec. 26, according to The Mercury News. Alleyne died from his injuries after he was rushed to a hospital.
"RIP cousin," the award-winning singer wrote in her Instagram post. "Can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! Never thought the would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!! Love you always man!"
"#Endgunviolence," Rihanna added in her post.
Barbados' gun violence, while lower than that of other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, is still an issue for the country; 22 out of 28 homicides in Barbados in 2017 were reportedly gun-related.
Rihanna was close with Alleyne; on her 29th birthday, the singer's cousin posted a photo to Instagram with a caption talking about their close bond.
"Every day we are happy to have you in our lives," Alleyne wrote. "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 added a memorial panel to her Instagram story, with a black background around Alleyne's Instagram username, according to Daily Mail.
"Rest up lil cuz," wrote the singer.
Another woman, identified only as Tanella, also posted a photo of herself with Alleyne, referring to him as "my brother."
"I never thought the day would come that I would have to bury you my love, omggg!!!" she wrote. "This was our first Christmas together we clean we decorate and everything!! Tavon I know you was trying to be a better person!! I loveee you soooo muchhhhhh brother omg!"
Police are still searching for the suspected shooter, who is reported to have fled the scene.
Rihanna's fans reached out to show their support for the singer during her time of mourning.
"I'm so sorry to hear about what happened," wrote one user. "My thoughts and heart are with you and your family now, I love you so so much."
"#StayStrongRihanna We love you so much, our hearts and prayers go with your cousin, we are sending all our love to comfort you and your family," wrote another fan. "May he rest in peace."