‘American Idol’ Winner Fantasia Barrino’s Nephew Shot Dead During a Dispute in Greensboro

By Jane Gray

A teenager who was fatally shot on Tuesday morning, Feb. 13 has been identified by police as the nephew of “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino.

Tyquan Von Ricco Washington, 18, was found suffering from gunshot wounds outside 702 Hyde Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina, according to local police. He was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.

Police said David White Jr., 21, has been charged with first-degree murder for killing Washington and is being held in the Guilford County Jail without bond.

Investigators believe that the shooting followed an argument between the two men.

Washington’s devastated father Ricco Barrino, a recording artist, shared a heartfelt message on Instagram, which he called, “A love letter to my son.”

He started the letter writing, “dear son I needed to write this sooner but it’s funny how life makes you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations. I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has.”

He remembered holding his son as a baby and reminisced about the times he took him to his first gymnastics class.

“As I write this letter with tears streaming down my face I want you to know that I showed you tough love because I knew you were something special,” Barrino, whose real name is Kassim Vonricco Washington, said in the emotive post.

Ricco Barrino said he knew that his son had been in trouble, but was turning his life around said Barrino’s manager as reported by  WGN-TV.

A love letter to my son. dear son I needed to write this sooner but it's funny how life make you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations. I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has. I remember holding you for the first time that's when I knew that I had to do something other than work in somebody's factory so that one day you could look up to me. As I write this letter with tears streaming down my face I want you to know that I showed you tough love because I knew you were something special. I never forget the first time that me and your mother took you to gymnastics for tryouts. I remember the lady walking over to us and telling us that we would have to wait behind a long list of other kids lol I guess she didn't know what my kid was capable of because when she turned around she spotted you turning somersaults as if you were in the US Olympics. I remember her immediately turning around and tell us have your kid here next week! I remember your mother smiling from ear to ear because she knew that the people really didn't want you in their program until they seen what you could do. I knew you were special when you came out the womb I remember watching you run fast and play with your uncle Zay with your little plats in your hair those high cheekbones like your mother and that little raspy chuckle you used to do while you had on your number seven air Jordans that was so small they look like little lightning Rods as you ran across the floor and wrestled with your uncle. I knew you were special when all the older kids wanted to hang with you. I knew you were leader at that moment and All the way up to your first big 18th birthday. I'll never forget that birthday I was smiling from ear to ear telling everybody in the studio that my son is finally becoming a man. I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn't a day that went by I didn't wonder where you were. Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love dad🌹 R.i.p T.W

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He ended the message with the words, “Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love dad R.i.p T.W”

Washington is the oldest nephew of Fantasia Barrino, also from High Point. She won a Grammy for her single “Bittersweet” and won the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.

The singer shared an old family photo and a tribute message for her nephew on Instagram on Tuesday.

“Ty Auntie is So Sorry Baby” she wrote next to a crying face and broken heart emoji. “RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad.”

From The Epoch Times

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