Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne and Rihanna

Rihanna’s 21-year-old cousin shot to death the day after Christmas: ‘It was just last night that I held you in my arms’

Rihanna has called for an end to gun violence after her 21-year-old cousin was reportedly shot and killed in Barbados.

According to Sky News, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was walking near his home in Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael, at around 7 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached him and shot him several times. The suspect is said to have fled the scene.

Nation News reported that Alleyne was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!” Rihanna wrote to her 59 million Instagram followers.

The singer concluded the Instagram post with #endgunviolence.

“‘It’s nice to wake up’ Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon,” she wrote in a subsequent Instagram post, tagging her late cousin’s account.

Police have launched an investigation into the fatal shooting and are urging anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

"It's nice to wake up" Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95

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[Featured Image: Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne and Rihanna/Instagram]