Pharrell Williams has confirmed that his cousin was killed by police during shootings at Virginia Beach over the weekend.
Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur. Alongside close friend Chad Hugo, he formed the hip hop and R&B production duo The Neptunes in the early 1990s, with whom he has produced songs for various recording artists.
Multiple shootings occurred on Friday in the area, leaving two dead and eight wounded. “The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings,” he said. “He was a bright light and someone who always showed up for others. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency, honesty and justice they deserve.”
The 47-year-old singer added that Virginia Beach is the “epitome of hope and tenacity” and that the community will “come out even stronger” from the shootings.
A 28-year-old woman named Deshayla E Harris died of a gunshot wound in another shooting that night, with police believing she could have been an innocent bystander.
Mr Lynch was shot dead by a police officer in a third incident – which happened when officers were investigating the original shootings and shots were fired nearby, police chief Paul Neudigate said.