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Rihanna is mourning the death of her cousin, Merka, who was shot and killed in Barbados the day after Christmas.

The singer posted a touching message on Instagram late Tuesday night that read, “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!”

Badgalriri, who was visiting her native town for the holidays, then used the moment to call for the end of gun violence.

On Wednesday morning, Ri also posted a video of Merka walking around in pure joy with his siblings. “‘It’s nice to wake up.’ Be grateful for life man,” she wrote.

“It’s nice to wake up” Be grateful for life man. #RIPTavon @merka_95

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The young man described himself on Instagram as “young and progressive.” One can also presume that he was a spiritual man given he had “Palms” written in his bio.

It’s unclear what exactly led to his death, but back in September, the Barbados native shared a photo of himself with the caption: “Death is just a path we all gotta take.”

Our thoughts are with Rihanna and her family.

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