Nicki Minaj is in mourning this week following the death of her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque.
Telemaque was shot multiple times after exiting South Flatbush, Brooklyn's C-PAC nightclub early Monday morning. He was declared dead at Kings County Hospital.
While other stars were happily tweeting about Independence Day, Minaj was somber, writing, "Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My baby. Killed last nite." She then added, "*My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn,NY"
One of Minaj's relatives told RadarOnline that the family believes Nicholas was shot after he was mistaken for someone else. Cousin Carol Clarke insisted, "“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."
Nicki is expected to perform tomorrow night with Britney Spears at Saint Paul, Minnesota's XCel Energy Center.