Rihanna's post was about her 21-year-old cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne.
Alleyne lived in Barbados.
The two cousins spent Christmas day celebrating together.
Just a few hours later, Alleyne was shot dead.
Barbados Today reports that around 7 pm, Alleyne was in the Barbadian parish of St. Michael when he was approached by an unidentified man.
The suspect shot Alleyne multiple times.
Alleyne was then transported by private car to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. But unfortunately, he passed away later that night.
Rihanna shared a post on Instagram mourning the loss of her cousin and calling for an end to gun violence.
“RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she wrote. “[N]ever thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!”
Rihanna closed the post with the hashtag #endgunviolence.
The Caribbean island country of Barbados has seen a significant rise in gun violence over the past year.
Back in April, Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite told residents that he was very concerned about the rise in gun violence, but reassured them that multiple measures had been taken to address the issue.
Rihanna’s post has been flooded with support and replies from her followers. It remains to be seen whether or not Alleyne’s death will bring about any change in Barbadian gun control laws.