A tragedy has befallen Fantasia Barrino‘s family.
The “American Idol” winner’s 18-year-old nephew, Tyquan Von Ricco Washington, was shot and killed in North Carolina on Tuesday, according to the Greensboro Police Department.
Greensboro Police say the teen was shot during a dispute with 21-year-old David Lee White Jr. White was arrested and charged with first degree murder, police said. He is being held at the Guilford County Jail without bond.
Barrino’s nephew suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and although EMS performed “emergency life-saving measures,” he was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.
Barrino, who won the third season of “Idol,” posted a tribute to her late nephew.
“Ty 😢 Auntie is So Sorry Baby 💔 RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad,” she captioned photos of Washington.
Washington’s father also posted a loving tribute to his son on Instagram.
“I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has,” he wrote. “… 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.”
“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,” he ended the letter. “So you show me your leadership skills. You go join hands with your grandma and kiss her for me. You sing loud for me up there.”
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. Love dad🌹 R.i.p T.W
SOURCE: Page Six – Francesca Bacardi