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‘Rest easy, blood’ Rihanna raises a family toast to her murdered cousin

Rihanna’s cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne was shot to death in Barbados on Tuesday.

And the next day the We Found Love singer was toasting the 21-year-old with what appeared to be a tequila shot in a private home in Barbados as she held her niece Majesty on her hip.

The 29-year-old Grammy winner was surrounded by family as toasts included ‘Rest easy blood’ and ‘this one is for you bro.’

There was no sign of billionaire Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel, who she has been spotted with in recent months.

The superstar wore a black top with no shoes on and her hair pulled back as she joined a gathering of close family and friends.

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They were paying their respects to Tavon, who died in a hospital after being shot several times at close range on the street in the Eden Lodge area of St Michael’s on the holiday island.

One of the guests is heard saying ‘this one is for you bro’ in a mobile phone video shot as the group drink a shot ‘for Tavon.’

The words ‘Rest easy blood!!!’ are also heard.

Rihanna didn’t seem to want to let go of Majesty.

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The star, who is the child’s godmother, calls herself ‘Aunty Oh Na Na’ and regularly posts Instagrams and snapshots of the adorable tot.

On Friday an image of Tavon with rapper Jay Z was shared proving the Diamonds singer had brought the young man into her Hollywood circle.

Rihanna, who saw her cousin on Christmas Day, called for an end to gun crime in an Instagram message.

‘RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!’ the heartbroken Wild Thoughts singer wrote to her 59 million Instagram followers.

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‘Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!’

Alleyne was shot near a house in which he was living with his girlfriend in the parish of St Michael.

The performer added the hashtag, ‘#endgunviolence,’ at the end of the post.

Earlier this month, Barbados Police said there had been a significant increase in gun-related crimes on the island compared to 2016. Of the 28 murders committed so far this year, 22 were gun-related, figures revealed.

According to Nation News, Alleyne’s killer, who has not been identified, shot several times before fleeing the scene.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle but eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Rhianna later added a memorial panel to her Instagram Stories, with a black background adding his handle – @merka_95.

‘Rest up lil cuz,’ she wrote, with emojis of praying hands, a crying face and a broken heart.

The Work singer shared four shots along with the post, illustrating how close she and her cousin were.

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A woman named Tanella also posted a photo of herself with Alleyne at the hospital, putting an emoji of an angel over his face. She referred to him as ‘my brother,’ suggesting she may be another family member.

‘I never thought the day would come that I would have to bury you my love , omggg!!!’ Tanella wrote.

‘This was our first Christmas together we clean we decorate and everything!! Tavon I know you was trying to be a better person!! I loveee you soooo muchhhhhhhhh brother omg!’

Police are currently searching the island for the shooter, and have asked anyone with information to contact the District A Police Station, Crime Stoppers or the nearest police station

It is believed police are currently questioning a suspect.

Alleyne’s Instagram account featured images of the singer, including one in which he wished her a happy birthday in February.

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.’

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A number of the singer’s fans were quick to offer kind words amid the difficult time

The singer had previously taken to social media over the Christmas holiday, showing off her fabulous form in a red gown by designer Christopher Kane amid a winter cold.

She said, ‘When you sick af but yo friend let you wear his dress,’ in a caption on the post, later adding in her Instagram Stories, ‘1st day of Christmas $anta gave to me: the cold!!!’


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