Nicki Minaj’s Cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, Murdered

July 5, 2011

Nicki Minaj’s cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was shot yesterday in Brooklyn, killing the 27-year-old and leaving Nicki devastated as well as the rest of her family. The hip-hop star tweeted about the tragedy, see what she said below.

Nicki Minaj

It’s so sad to write about senseless killings, especially when the victims are so young. Such is the case of Nicki’s cousin, Nicholas, whose life has been cut short because of a random act of violence.

Minaj took to her Twitter page about what happened:

“My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse or @brolicalcoholic Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY”

Some members of Nicki’s family feel that this was a case of ‘mistaken identity’. Telemaque’s cousin, Carol Clarke, spoke to Radar Online and told them exclusively:

“She (Nicki) has reached-out to Nicholas’ mom Victoria to offer her words of comfort but she is too distraught. Nicholas was a quiet person but he could be the life and soul of the party too – he did not run with gangs or anything like that. His friends have told us there wasn’t any trouble that night and we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity but the police are still investigating the case. We are still trying to make arrangements for his funeral but I will really miss him because he was a good person.”    

So what happened? According to a spokesperson for the NYPD, Telemaque was leaving the C-PAC nightclub in Brooklyn around 2:40 A.M. when he was shot. He had several gunshot wounds to the chest, and when he arrived at Kings County Hospital, he was pronounced dead.

As of this writing, arrests have not yet been made in relation to the shooting and police are currently investigating the incident. As more information becomes available regarding Telemaque’s murder, we will update this post.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nicki Minaj and her family. When will the madness stop? Please feel free to leave your condolences for the hip-hop star in our comments section below.

Photos: M. Barraza

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