American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino‘s nephew was killed in a shooting Tuesday in North Carolina.
Tyquan Von Ricco Washington was found with multiple gunshot wounds on the road in front of a home in Greensboro, N.C., according to the Greensboro Police Department.
While paramedics tried to save Washington, the 18-year-old was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.
Police allege the teen was shot during a dispute between himself and 21-year-old David Lee White, Jr.
Hours after Washington’s death, White was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Guilford County Jail without bond, according to police.
The American Idol season 3 winner shared a photo of her nephew on Instagram shortly after the news, writing, “Ty Auntie is So Sorry Baby RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad.”
Washington’s father, Ricco Barrino, a recording artist, wrote an emotional letter to his late son on Instagram, reflecting on the special moments he witnessed as his son grew up.
“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,” Barrino wrote.
“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,” he continued. “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 …read more