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'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino's nephew shot, killed in North Carolina

Camila Molina, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

Published in News & Features

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A nephew of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino was shot and killed Tuesday.

Tyquan Vonricco Washington, 18, suffered multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday morning, according to the Greensboro Police Department.

EMS tried to save Washington's life at the scene, but he died at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital later that day.

Detectives from the Greensboro Police Department arrested David Lee White Jr., 21, of Greensboro, in Lexington on Tuesday in connection with Washington's shooting. White was charged with first-degree murder and is being held at the Guilford County Jail without bond.

Greensboro police allege a dispute between Washington and White led to the fatal shooting. The nature of the dispute is unclear.

Washington is the son of R&B recording artist Ricco Barrino, whose real name is Kassim Vonricco Washington, of High Point.

Ricco Barrino posted a love letter to his son on Instagram on Tuesday.

"I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has," Ricco Barrino wrote. "I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn't a day that went by I didn't wonder where you were."

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Washington attended T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point but did not graduate, fox 8 reported.

Ricco Barrino told Fox 8 that Washington wanted to enroll in a community college and pursue a music program.

Washington aspired to be a recording artist like his father and was working on a mix tape, according to the news report.

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