North Carolina shooting victim identified as nephew of 'American Idol' winner

Tyquan Vonricco Washington (Credit: Ricco Barrino via Instagram)

Police in North Carolina have identified a teen who was fatally shot Tuesday morning as the nephew of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.

Authorities say 18-year-old Tyquan Vonricco Washington was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the 700 block of Hyde Drive just before 11 a.m.

Washington is the son of recording artist Ricco Barrino, whose real name is Kassim Vonricco Washington, and the nephew of Grammy-winning singer and Broadway star Fantasia.

Emergency crews performed life-saving measures, but Washington was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.

David Lee White Jr., 21, of Greensboro, has been arrested in connection with the shooting. He is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Guilford County Jail without bond.

On Tuesday, Ricco Barrino posted a heartfelt love letter to his son on Instagram upon learning of his death.

Barrino said he knew his son had gotten into some trouble, but that he was turning his life around.

Washington aspired to be a musician like his dad. He was even recently working on a mixed tape.

Fantasia also posted to Instagram Tuesday, "Ty Auntie is So Sorry Baby RIP to my Oldest Nephew Please Pray for his Mother and my Brother @riccobarrino & his Stepdad."


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