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Nicki Minaj’s cousin ‘murdered’

Hip-hop star takes to Twitter to pay tribute to relative

Nicki Minaj‘s cousin has been “murdered” near his home in Brooklyn.

The rapper – who was born in Trinidad & Tobago but grew up in nearby Queens – took to her Twitter account to reveal that her relative, called Nicholas, was killed on Sunday night (July 3).

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“Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite,” she wrote on Twitter.com/nickiminaj, before adding: “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY.”

Among the fans and well-wishers replying to Minaj was R&B star Jordin Sparks, who said: “Sending love & prayers to you and your family.”

Just last week Minaj received the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist gong at the annual BET Awards.

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