Pharrell Williams referred to as on the state of Virginia to launch an investigation into the dying of his cousin, who died in a police-involved taking pictures on Virginia Seashore.
Williams made the request in an Instagram submit on Monday after attending his cousin’s funeral in Virginia Seashore, the place Williams grew up.
“I needed to communicate at my cousin’s funeral, and was choked up with feelings,” he wrote within the submit. “Too many unanswered Metropolis and State questions. Respectfully, I’m calling for a Federal investigation. I additionally humbly ask that you simply all maintain the household in prayer.”
Donovon Lynch, 25, was killed within the early morning hours of March 27 alongside the town’s widespread oceanfront strip of inns and eating places shortly after two different close by shootings unleashed chaos. Police mentioned Lynch, a Black man, had a handgun and that it was recovered from the scene. However the officer’s physique digital camera had not been activated. The officer who killed Lynch can be Black.
The town’s police division just lately turned over the investigation into Lynch’s dying to the Virginia State Police.
Lynch lived in Virginia Seashore. He was an offensive lineman for the College of Virginia’s Faculty at Clever through the 2017 and 2018 seasons and a 2019 graduate of the college.
The identical night time Lynch died, “Unhealthy Women Membership” star Deshayla Harris, 29, of Norfolk was killed in a separate taking pictures incident that happened very shut by. A 3rd taking pictures additionally happened in the identical space on that very same night time leaving many residents with questions on their security within the space as heat climate and lightening coronavirus restrictions carry extra individuals.
Eight different individuals had been wounded through the night’s gunfire, a report from native WAVY mentioned.
Police additionally took three males into custody. They had been recognized as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Seashore; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Seashore, in response to WAVY.
All three males had been linked to the night’s first taking pictures, which resulted in no deaths, the station reported. They had been every charged with seven counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm within the fee of a felony and reckless dealing with of a firearm, the report mentioned.
The Related Press contributed to this report.