While most were celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, family and grilled food, for Nicki Minaj, the day was marred by tragedy.

The Young Money rapper is mourning the loss of her cousin, who was killed last night in Brooklyn, New York. Clearly upset, she took to Twitter saying:

“Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite.”

In a later tweet, she wrote:

“*My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn,NY.”

Before this morning, little was known on Nicki’s cousin or how the incident yesterday night occurred. New details have been release by The New York Daily News, which reported on how the 27-year-old was killed:

Nicholas Telemaque had just left C-PAC nightclub just blocks from his home when he was shot multiple times in his torso at E. 52nd St. and Farragut Road in East Flatbush about 2:40 a.m., cops and a relative said.

“It’s disgusting,” said cousin Roger Clarke, 41. “Young kids, they don’t value someone’s life.”

Telemaque, who has prior arrests for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license, died soon after he was taken to Kings County Hospital.


Condolences to Nicki and her family at this time as they mourn their loss.

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