Nicki Minaj Devastated Over Cousin's Murder

Nicholas Telemaque was shot dead on Sunday in Brooklyn

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Nicki Minaj is in mourning. The 26-year-old hip-hop star announced on Twitter that her "precious cousin" was murdered Sunday evening.

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"My cousin Nicholas (also goes by Juse) was murdered last night near his home in Brooklyn, New York," Minaj wrote Monday.

According to TMZ, Nicholas Telemaque, 27, was killed around 2:40 a.m. on July 4 from "multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso." Police are currently investigating the incident; no arrests have been made.

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Shortly after sharing the devastating news, the "Super Bass" rapper's fans – and stars like Jordin Sparks – expressed their condolences via Twitter. "Sending love and prayers to you and your family," Sparks tweeted.