Pharrell Williams called on the state of Virginia to launch an investigation into the death of his cousin, who died in a police-involved shooting on Virginia Beach.
Williams made the request in an Instagram post Monday after attending his cousin’s funeral in Virginia Beach, where Williams grew up.
“I had to speak at my cousin’s funeral and was suffocated by emotions,” he wrote in the post. “Too many unanswered city and state questions. With respect, I respect a federal investigation. I also humbly pray that you all keep the family in prayer.”
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Donovon Lynch, 25, was killed in the early hours of March 27 along the city’s popular shoreline of hotels and restaurants shortly after two other nearby shootings sparked chaos. Police said Lynch, a black man, had a gun and that it was picked up from the scene. But the officer’s body camera had not been activated. The officer who killed Lynch is also black.
The city’s police department recently handed over the investigation into Lynch’s death to Virginia State Police.
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Lynch lived in Virginia Beach. He was an offensive lineman for the University of Virginia’s College of Wise during the 2017 and 2018 seasons and a 2019 graduate of the school.
The same night Lynch died, “Bad Girls Club” star Deshayla Harris, 29, of Norfolk was killed in a separate shooting incident that took place very close by. A third shooting also took place in the same area the same night, leaving many residents with questions about their safety in the area as hot weather and mild coronavirus restrictions bring more people.
Eight other people were injured during tonight’s shooting, a report from the local WAVY said.
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Police also took three men into custody. They were identified as Ahmon Jahree Adams, 22, of Chesapeake; Nyquez Tyyon Baker, 18, of Virginia Beach; and Devon Maurice Dorsey Jr., 20, of Virginia Beach, according to WAVY.
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All three men were linked to the first shooting of the evening, which did not result in any deaths, the station reported. They were each charged with seven counts of crime, use of a firearm in connection with a crime and reckless handling of a firearm, the report said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.