A nephew of "American Idol" victor and North Carolina native Fantasia Barrino was shot and killed Tuesday.
According to TMZ, law enforcement officials confirmed that Tyquan Barrino (son of the singer's brother, Ricco) "died of multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday morning following an argument at a Greensboro, North Carolina residential complex that spilled out into the street". Tyquan was then reportedly airlifted to Moses Cone Hospital where he later died.
Above the heartrending caption, Barrino shared a touching throwback photo of Washington, her younger nephew and herself. He was charged with first-degree murder and held at a Guilford county prison.
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"Ty, Auntie is so sorry baby, " the 33-year-old Grammy award winning singer captioned. "RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad", she wrote Tuesday night.
Washington's Father also posted, sending a message to his son.
Washington was gunned down outside an apartment building located at 702 Hyde Drive in Greensboro, police say.
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He started the letter writing, "dear son I needed to write this sooner but it's amusing how life makes 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", Ricco Barrino 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".
"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". So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. And in a statement to TMZ, the bereaved dad said he is completely devastated.
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