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RIHANNA COUSIN’S MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED AND CHARGED
Cops have made a breakthrough in their investigation of the shooting of Rihanna‘s cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne.
Tavon was shot and killed the day after Christmas sending shock-waves throughout the Caribbean island and on social media where Rihanna condemns the killing and spoke out against gun violence. Days after the killing, cops arrested Shawayne Dashawn Williams, 23 years of White Hall #1, St. Michael and now charges have been formally filed against the 23-year-old, who is now facing life in prison for the gruesome murder if found guilty.
Williams appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to answer to the charges where Magistrate Douglas Frederick read out the details of the charges without asking for a plea. His next court date is set for January 31st of this year where he is expected to enter his plea.
Alleyne was shot and killed at approximately 7 PM on December 26, 2017, while walking through a track near his home in Eden Lodge, St Michael. According to the police report, he was shot multiple times by a lone gunman who quickly flees the scene. Tavon was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados where he was pronounced dead.
“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! #endgunviolence,” Rihanna wrote on Instagram while posting a photo of herself and her cousin before his death.
The singer’s 21-year-old cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, had been walking in the St Michael’s area of Barbados on Tuesday when a man walked up to him and shot him several times.
Alleyne was rushed to the hospital but still died of his wounds. The shooter, who fled the scene, has not been identified.
Rihanna mourns on social media
After Alleyne was killed just hours after spending time with family for Christmas, a heartbroken Rihanna took to social media to share the news.
“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” Rihanna wrote on Instagram along with several images of her cousin. “Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!”
She also added the hashtag #endgunviolence to the post.
Rihanna and Alleyne clearly had a close relationship, as evidenced by the many pictures Rihanna posted of the two of them together. His Instagram account also features many images of Rihanna and words of love and support for her.
On her birthday, for example, Alleyne posted, “Every day we are happy to have you in our lives. Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true. #LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymoretocome.”
Several of Rihanna’s fans and friends sent their condolences after the post, offering prayers and support in her time of grief.
To that, theGrio would like to add our own condolences and love. It’s always hard to lose a loved one, and our thoughts are with Rihanna and her family during this tough time.
Rihanna’s Childhood Neighbourhood Now Bears Her Name SHOOTING VICTIM TAVON KAISEEN ALLEYNE WITH HIS COUSIN, RIHANNA. (PHOTO CREDIT
A shooting in Barbados on Boxing Day has cast a dark cloud over Christmas celebrations for superstar Rihanna and her family.
Around 7 p.m. last night, her 21-year-old cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was killed, prompting her to call for an end to gun violence.
Shortly after the news broke, Rihanna, who apparently spent Christmas in her homeland, mourned the loss on Instagram, sharing photos she took with her cousin whom she saw just the day before and adding the hashtag #endgunviolence.
“Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!” she wrote in part.
According to police, Alleyne was walking through a track near his home when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before running off.
The gunshot victim was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by private vehicle, but he succumbed to his injuries.
Lawmen are on the hunt for Alleyne’s killer and have asked anyone with information to contact either police or Crime Stoppers.
Alleyne’s death brings to 31 the number of people killed in Barbados for 2017.
It’s official. The neighbourhood in which international superstar Rihanna grew up now bears her name.
Rihanna Drive, formerly Westbury New Road, was unveiled yesterday evening at a ceremony attended by the woman of the hour, to coincide with Barbados’ 51st Anniversary of Independence.
Rain had delayed the start of the event by almost two hours, but that did not put a damper on the spirits of those gathered, including Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and other government officials.
Radiant in a tunic dress of the gold colour in Barbados’ national flag, yellow pumps, a mini bag and gold hoop earrings, the Grammy-winning singer arrived to cheers from the crowd.
The 29-year-old singer/actress/businesswoman said she was honoured to have the street that she was raised on named after her.
And speaking to the excited crowd that had gathered near her childhood home, Rihanna urged Barbadians to believe in their dreams.
“My dreams were born on this very street right here. I know that the saying ‘believe in your dreams’ sounds cliché, but I guarantee you that the only thing that got me here was believing in my dreams. I never doubted it. I didn’t know how it was going to happen. I know I was hitting away at this little rock, Barbados and [saying] ‘how would anybody find me?’ but I always knew it would happen; I always focused on the result,” she said, although saying that there were days she was doubtful and discouraged.
“It really was just faith – that childlike faith – and even now, when I get a little bit discouraged or doubtful, it’s the thing that I go back to – having faith in God. I want to encourage not just the people of Westbury New Road and [the] community but all the people of Barbados, all the young women and young men who have dreams and think that the world is up against them, it is possible, so just keep believing.”
Prime Minister Stuart said Rihanna was very deserving of the honour bestowed on her yesterday.
“I consider her achievements a tremendous feat and not an easy one for a young, black female from the Caribbean who has prevailed in a hugely competitive environment. Rihanna will go down in Barbadian history as a multitalented Bajan, a skill entrepreneur, cultural ambassador and caring world citizen,” he said.