Pharrell identifies man shot, killed by police in Virginia Beach as cousin


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WWBT/AP) - Recording artist and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams says the man shot and killed by police at the Oceanfront was his cousin.

One woman died at the scene of a gunshot wound and an officer who was struck by a vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Police say the woman who died was likely an innocent bystander, while the other person was killed by a police officer.

Authorities later said a firearm was found “in the vicinity” of the shooting.

Investigators believe the first shooting stemmed from a fight involving a group of people.

Williams made a post on his Instagram and Twitter accounts saying that Lynch was his cousin.

“The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency they deserve. VA Beach is the epitome of hope and we will get through this,” Williams’ post said on Twitter.

The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure. My cousin Donovon was killed during the shootings. It is critical my family and the other victims’ families get the transparency they deserve. VA Beach is the epitome of hope and we will get through this. pic.twitter.com/npGxhbRwLk

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) March 29, 2021

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