The cousin of singer-songwriter Pharell Williams was shot and killed by police in Virginia Beach.
Williams, a native of the town, tweeted about the incident.
The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency they deserve. VA Beach is the epitome of hope and we will get through this. pic.twitter.com/npGxhbRwLk
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) March 29, 2021
According to NBC 12, police said two people were killed and eight people were injured in shootings near the oceanfront on Friday.
The two victims were a woman who has not been identified and Williams’ cousin Donovan Lynch.
Police said the woman was likely an innocent bystander and that Lynch was armed when they encountered him. He was then shot and killed by a Virginia Beach police officer.
— Virginia Beach PD (@VBPD) March 29, 2021
According to WAVY-TV 10, the officer who killed Lynch is on administrative leave, which is protocol.
Lynch’s friends described him as “intelligent, kind and passionate.” He was a graduate of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where he played football for two seasons.
We don’t have the words to fully express how sorry we are about the loss of this beautiful life. We thank you and your family for your light and service. The VA Beach community and beyond will miss you.
Rest In Peace Donovon. pic.twitter.com/MA8Ebl4nST
— SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) March 29, 2021