Dallasblack.com: Fantasia Barrino's Teenage Nephew Shot And Killed In North Carolina — Full Details

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:32 AM

Fantasia Barrino's Teenage Nephew Shot And Killed In North Carolina — Full Details

By: Monya Fleming

Fantasia Barrino's Teenage Nephew Shot And Killed In North Carolina — Full Details
The nephew of Fantasia Barrino was shot and killed Tuesday morning during an argument that turned fatal. Tyquan Von Ricco Washington, 18, was gunned down outside an apartment building in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The shooting reportedly stemmed from a fight between Washington and David Lee White, Jr., 21, who has been charged with first-degree murder.

Officers responded to a call reporting a shooting, arriving to find a male in the road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency responders performed life-saving measures on Washington. However, the teen was pronounced dead at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital.

The shooting suspect is currently being held at Guilford County Jail located in High Point. 

Washington is the oldest nephew to Fantasia, the 2004 winner of "American Idol."


The "I Believe" singer took to social media on Tuesday night to pay tribute to her late nephew.
Man That Smile ❤️ Happy Valentines Day Angel 👼🏾 Keep Dancing Up there Ty and Uncle @xavierbarrino will Soon Be On his feet to dance down here for you again. #unbelievable #unreal #Rip #nephew

She shared an old photo of herself and her nephew, writing in the caption, "Ty... Auntie is so sorry baby. RIP to my Oldest Nephew. Please pray for his mother and my brother & his stepdad."
Ty 😢 Auntie is So Sorry Baby 💔 RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad

Barrino's brother and the father to the late teen, Ricco, shared a touching message to his son on Instagram.

Ricco wrote, "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."
#fantasiabarrino #nephew #murdered #rip #Tyquan
Ricco 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'll never forget (your 18th) birthday I was smiling from ear to ear telling everybody in the studio that my son is finally becoming a man. I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn't a day that went by I didn't wonder where you were. 

"Well, on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do... So you show me your leadership skills... you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love, dad."
A love letter to my son. 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. 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. 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 over to us and telling us that we would have to wait behind a long list of other kids lol I guess she didn't know what my kid was capable of because when she turned around she spotted you turning somersaults as if you were in the US Olympics. I remember her immediately turning around and tell us have your kid here next week! I remember your mother smiling from ear to ear because she knew that the people really didn't want you in their program until they seen what you could do. I knew you were special when you came out the womb I remember watching you run fast and play with your uncle Zay with your little plats in your hair those high cheekbones like your mother and that little raspy chuckle you used to do while you had on your number seven air Jordans that was so small they look like little lightning Rods as you ran across the floor and wrestled with your uncle. I knew you were special when all the older kids wanted to hang with you. I knew you were leader at that moment and All the way up to your first big 18th birthday. I'll never forget that birthday I was smiling from ear to ear telling everybody in the studio that my son is finally becoming a man. I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn't a day that went by I didn't wonder where you were. Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love dad🌹 R.i.p T.W

Washington was also an aspiring musical artist like his aunt and father. The teenager had recently finished recording his mix tape shortly before his murder. 

Our prayers go out to Fantasia and her family.





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