Singer Fantasia Barrino’s eldest nephew was shot and killed during a gun fight in North Carolina on Tuesday morning.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ.com that the former American Idol singer’s 18-year-old nephew Tyquan, the son of her musician brother Ricco, was involved in an argument at a residential complex in Greensboro which spilled out into the street.
Paramedics attempted to save Tyquan’s life at the scene following the shooting, and he was transported to the nearby Moses Cone Hospital, but died shortly after. A 21-year-old suspect was arrested and has since been charged with first degree murder.
Fantasia shared the sad news on her Instagram page on Tuesday, writing: “Auntie is So Sorry Baby. RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother & his Stepdad.”
Ricco added to TMZ that he’s devastated about his son’s passing, particularly as he hadn’t seen him on Tuesday morning like he normally does.
Fantasia’s family have gone through their fair share of troubles over the past few months. Her younger brother Xavier was hospitalized following a motorcycle injury in September, and has undergone numerous surgeries during his time in hospital.