Nicki Minaj Devastated Over Cousin's Murder

Celebrity News Jul. 5, 2011 AT 9:22AM
Nicki Minaj Devastated Over Cousin's Murder Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; twitter.com

Nicki Minaj is in mourning.

The 26-year-old hip-hop star announced on Twitter that her "precious cousin" was murdered Sunday evening.

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"My cousin Nicholas (also goes by Juse) was murdered last night near his home in Brooklyn, New York," Minaj wrote Monday.

According to TMZ, Nicholas Telemaque, 27, was killed around 2:40 a.m. on July 4 from "multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso." Police are currently investigating the incident; no arrests have been made.

Shortly after sharing the devastating news, the "Super Bass" rapper's fans (and stars like Jordin Sparks) expressed their condolences via Twitter.

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"Sending love and prayers to you and your family," Sparks, 21, tweeted.

User DovelyMe20 wrote: "I'm so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family."

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Added user kittykat182010: "I'm so sorry for your loss. Keep your head up baby girl. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Much love."

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