He was shot multiple times after an argument
Fantasia Barrino’s nephew Tyquan Washington was murdered in front of a Greensboro, North Carolina apartment complex on Tuesday morning, according to various sources.
The singer posted about the story on her Instagram.
“Auntie is So Sorry Baby,” she wrote under a photo of herself holding her nephews. “RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother & his Stepdad.”
Tyquan was shot after getting into an argument in front of the complex. According to TMZ the 18-year-old was shot multiple times. Paramedics transported him to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Police have arrested a 21-year-old and charged him with first-degree murder.
Fantasia’s brother Ricco has posted several tributes to his late son, including one early this morning wishing him a happy Valentine’s Day. In the post, he outlined how Ty wanted to be a musician just like his father and aunt. He said that finding a picture of his son singing let him know that he needed to keep at his career for both of them.
“Woke up to the sun in a quiet room. Tears still streaming. I picked up my phone only to view this picture of you. I stopped crying and smiled. I looked over and there you were beside me You see pop I wanted to be like you,” he wrote in the tribute.
“I made you and you were me u wanted to follow me. So now let me follow you son,” he added. “Gotta keep going till my work is done.”
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The grieving father also posted a love letter to his son on the day of the shooting. You can read that in full below:
“A love letter to my son.
dear son I needed to write this sooner but it’s funny how life make you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations. 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.
I never forget the first time that me and your mother took you to gymnastics for tryouts. I remember the lady walking over to us and telling us that we would have to wait behind a long list of other kids lol I guess she didn’t know what my kid was capable of because when she turned around she spotted you turning somersaults as if you were in the US Olympics. I remember her immediately turning around and tell us have your kid here next week! I remember your mother smiling from ear to ear because she knew that the people really didn’t want you in their program until they seen what you could do.
I knew you were special when you came out the womb I remember watching you run fast and play with your uncle Zay with your little plats in your hair those high cheekbones like your mother and that little raspy chuckle you used to do while you had on your number seven air Jordans that was so small they look like little lightning Rods as you ran across the floor and wrestled with your uncle. I knew you were special when all the older kids wanted to hang with you. I knew you were leader at that moment and All the way up to your first big 18th birthday.
I’ll never forget that birthday I was smiling from ear to ear telling everybody in the studio that my son is finally becoming a man. 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.
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