Pharrell Williams is honouring his cousin Donovon W. Lynch, who was shot and killed by police last month.
On March 26 there were multiple shootings in Virginia Beach at Oceanfront, which left two dead and eight injured.
“The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. He was a bright light and someone who always showed up for others. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency, honesty and justice they deserve. Virginia Beach is the epitome of hope and tenacity and, as a community, we will get through this and come out even stronger,” Williams shared on Instagram shortly after the police issued an update on the shootings.
According to the police report, Lynch “brandished” a gun when he came into contact with police. He was then shot and killed.
The officer involved has been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Three other men have been arrested in connection with the other shootings.
The shootings took place during the Something in the Water music festival, of which Williams is the organizer.
“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,” the official Twitter account for the festival tweeted.
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
A memorial for Lynch has since taken place at the Oceanfront.
Williams then confirmed on Instagram that he’d be “respectfully calling for a federal investigation” into the shooting.
He wrote after speaking at his cousin’s funeral, which coincided with Williams’ 48th birthday on April 5, “Too many unanswered City and State questions.”