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Rihanna has taken to social media to once again pay tribute to her 21-year-old cousin, Tavon Alleyne, who was shot dead on Boxing Day.
The singer was seen placing flowers on Tavon’s grave as she wiped away tears, adding that she will “never stop loving” him on her Instagram page.
Sharing a photo of her cousin on her Instagram story, Rihanna wrote: “Laid to rest! Sleep well buddy… We are at peace knowing you’re in a better place than we are.
“We will never stop loving you. Hope you were happy with your going away celebration today.”
She also shared a photo of Tavon’s graves, covered in flowers, alongside the heartbroken, crying, and praying emojis.
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Last month, Rihanna took to social media to plead for an end to gun violence after Tavon died from “multiple” gun wounds in Barbados, with the star spending time with him just one day earlier for Christmas.
Sharing a selection of photos of herself alongside Tavon, the star wrote: “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 [sic]”.
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Barbados Today reported that Tavon “was walking through a track in the area of his house when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene”.
He was rushed to hospital following the shooting, which is reported to have happened at around 7pm, but medics were unable to save him.
A 23-year-old man has since been arrested and charged with murder, according to reports.
As well as her Instagram post, Rihanna also shared a link to her cousin’s profile alongside the message “rest up lil cuz” and a series of crying emojis on her Instagram Story.
Rihanna and Tavon have always been incredibly close, with Tavon wishing the Grammy award winner happy birthday with a touching message earlier this year.
Sharing a photo alongside Rihanna, he wrote: “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.”