Nicki Minaj's Cousin Murdered

July 5, 2011 By:
Nicki Minaj's Cousin Murdered

While most of us were enjoying a relaxing weekend with friends and family, Nicki Minaj was in mourning.

Nicki announced via twitter that her “precious cousin” Nicholas was murdered on Sunday night.

"My cousin Nicholas (also goes by Juse) was murdered last night near his home in Brooklyn, New York," Minaj wrote on Monday. She posted the message with a photo of her cousin.

She followed that up with, "Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite."

Nicki’s fans and celebrity friends all tweeted to her shortly after to express their condolences.

Former "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks was among the first famous names responding to the raptress' tweet. She wrote, "Sending love & prayers to you and your family."

Our condolences to Nicki and her cousin’s family. It’s always tragic to hear about anyone that young losing their life.