The New York Police Department is investigating the murder of Nicki Minaj’s cousin.
The rapper announced via Twitter that her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was shot dead on July 4.
"My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse or @brolicalcoholic. Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY," Nicki tweeted on July 5. "Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My Baby. Killed last nite."
A spokesperson for NYPD told E! News that cops found Nicholas’ body around 2:40 a.m. after receiving reports that shots has been fired. "He was the victim of multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso," the rep said.
Reportedly Nicholas had just left the C-Pac nightclub when he was gunned down. Emergency crews took the 27-year-old to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
There’s no word on what may have lead up to the shooting or why the suspect was aiming for Nicholas. The rapper’s cousin had previously been locked up for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license.
Authorities are investigating the shooting, but no arrests had been made as of press time.
— Sonya Eskridge