Pharrell says his cousin was killed through the Virginia Seaside shootings
Pharrell took to Instagram to share that his cousin was one of the two people killed in the Virginia Beach shootings. As previously reported, Deshayla Harris, who appeared on season 17 of The Bad Girls Club, was identified as one of the people who died after being hit by a stray ball.
Donovon W. Lynch has been identified as the other person who died. According to Wavy News 10, one of the officer shootings was involved. The news agency reports that officers on the 300th block on 20th Street came into contact with Donovon while responding to the incidents in the area.
Donovon was shot dead by officials after they claimed he was “brandishing a gun when police came into contact with him”. The officer involved in the shooting has been put on administrative leave as he awaits the completion of the investigation.
Entertainment Tonight reports that the officer’s body camera was not activated at the time of the shooting. It is not known why the camera was not activated when the picture was taken. A firearm was reportedly recovered from the scene.
Speaking of Donovon’s death, Pharrell said, “The loss of these lives is an immeasurable tragedy. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. He was a bright light and someone who always showed up for others. It is important that my family and the families of the other victims receive the transparency, honesty, and justice they deserve. “
Donovon, a college football player and a graduate of the University of Virginia College at Wise, also volunteered at the Something in the Water music festival founded by Pharrell. They also shared their condolences after his death.
We don’t have the right words to express how sorry we are that we lost this beautiful life. Thank you and your family for your light and service. You will miss the VA Beach community and beyond.
Rest in peace Donovon. pic.twitter.com/MA8Ebl4nST
– SOMETHING IN THE WATER (@sitw) March 29, 2021
Previously reported police detained three people in connection with one of the other shootings that took place that night.
A memorial to Donovon is planned for Tuesday.
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