Martell "Kardone" Derouen, who was Beyonce's cousin, has tragically been shot dead this week.

The tragic news is in that Martell "Kardone" Derouen, who was Beyonce's cousin, has died...

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He was just thirty-four-years-old.

Since the news broke, tributes have come flooding in...

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Now, Martell Derouen, who went by the name Kardone, hailed from San Antonio, Texas...

And he was the cousin of the world-famous Beyonce.

Of course, we all know who Beyonce is...

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And it seems that music runs in the family as Kardone was pursuing a music career of his own.

Kardone was predictably best known for being related to the "Drunken Love" star...

But in the last few years, he's changed that narrative with his own musical pursuits.

Back in 2016, he unveiled his debut mixtape "Trunk Bang" via Empire...

And since that time, Kardone went on to collaborate with the likes Ray J and Paul Wall on 2 of his singles, as well as having his "911" music video directed by Ethan Maniquis, the co-director of the box office film "Machete."'

So it's safe to say...

The thirty-four-year-old had quite a lot going for him.

His final song, "Magic", was released last year...

But earlier this week, tragedy struck.

​On Tuesday, the rapper was found dead in his luxury apartment in The Towers complex along La Centera Parkway in San Antonio, when police performed a welfare check after someone called saying they had not heard from him in a while.

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It was later confirmed that he had died from a gunshot wound.

Gun crime here in America is a problem that is seriously out of hand...

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And according to the Gun Violence Archive, a total of at least 19,223 people lost their lives due to gun violence in 2020.

The case is being handled as a murder investigation...

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And police are searching for a suspect named Sasha Skare, aged twenty-one, although it is currently unknown what exactly happened between the pair.

She was Marshals' Most Wanted in 2019 for an unrelated charge of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and she was arrested back then in north San Antonio by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

This is such a tragic loss...

Brian Mitchell, who owns Fyngermade Studio, told KSAT:

"Kardone was one of those ones who rose and shone bright, brighter than, you know, some of those that was in the room with him. He was just a real subtle dude, quiet."

Rest in Peace, Kardone.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this terrible time.