The shooting scene at Eden Lodge Tuesday night. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)
BARBADIAN SUPERSTAR RIHANNA and her uncle Leroy (Daddy I-Roy/De Warrior) Brathwaite are making a plea for an end to gun violence on the island.
This follows the tragic killing of Tavon Alleyne, 21, on Tuesday night at Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St Michael. He succumbed to his injuries while at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
He was Rihanna’s cousin and Brathwaite’s elder son.
Alleyne, according to police reports, was walking through a track in his community around 7 o’clock when he was approached by a man who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.
This was the island’s 30th murder for the year, 23 of which were gun-related.
Late on Tuesday night, Rihanna wrote on her Instagram page: “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.”
Even though he said he was taken aback by the incident, Brathwaite was back to work yesterday selling clothing in his store, The Upper Room, in The City.
While on Swan Street, he told the DAILY NATION he was distraught his son had died at such a young age. (SB)
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