Pharrell confirmed that her loved one was shot dead by police in her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., last week.
Monday evening (March 29), the multiplatinum sale producer revealed via Instagram that her cousin, Donovon Lynch, was killed by police at the city’s oceanfront last Friday evening (March 26). That same evening, several shootings took place in the same area, killing two people and injuring eight others.
“The loss of these lives is a tragedy without measure,” Pharrell wrote in an Instagram post, including a picture of a family member. “My cousin Donovon was killed during the shooting. He was a shining light and someone who always showed up for others. It is essential that my family and the families of other victims receive the transparency, honesty and justice they deserve. Virginia Beach is the epitome. of hope and tenacity and, as a community, we will come out and come out even stronger. “
Pharrellmusic festival, Something in the water, also tweeted an article about Lynch’s death. “We don’t have the words to fully express how sorry we are for the loss of this beautiful life,” the post read. “We thank you and your family for your light and service. You will miss the community of VA Beach and beyond. Rest In Peace Donovon.”
According to NBC Affiliate CORRUGATED, officers were on the scene to answer calls about the gunfire when they came into contact with Lynch, who allegedly wielded a gun. Police then shot and killed the 25-year-old. While WAVY reports the gun was recovered from the scene, a local outlet in Virginia NBC 12 reports that the firearm was found “near the shooting”.
The shooting is currently under investigation and the officer involved in Lynch’s death has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The officer has worked with the Virginia Beach Police Department for five years, according to the WAVY report.
As for the other shootings that took place in Virginia Beach, Va., By the ocean last Friday night, three men were arrested yesterday in connection with the incident.
XXL contacted the Virginia Beach Police Department for comment.
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