When will it stop?
Another day, another Black family left to mourn the loss of a loved one at the hands of the police. Donovan Lynch, the man identified in one of the multiple shootings that occurred in Virginia Beach this weekend, was the cousin of producer and Virginia-native, Pharrell Williams.
Three separate shootings occurred, injuring eight people and killing two – the former star of the “Bad Girls Club” (Season 17) Deshayla Harris and Lynch.
According to the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical examiner, Lynch was shot in the torso and the thigh by a police officer whose identity has not been made public. He was only 25 years old.
The officer was in the area responding to reports of gunfire. He and another policeman told homicide investigators that Lynch was carrying a handgun. Earlier in the evening, another witness also claimed Lynch had a gun.
Although a weapon was recovered at the scene, there is no evidence linking it to Lynch. A previous press release described Lynch as an “armed citizen.” No further details have been released about what happened before shots were fired. The shooting officer’s bodycam was not activated.
“The officer was wearing a bodycam, but for unknown reasons at this point in time, it was not activated,” said Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate during a press conference. “I do not have the answers that the community is looking for in regards to this death right now.”
Pharrell Williams took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the tragedy.
“The loss of these lives is a tragedy beyond measure,” said his caption. “My cousin Donovan was killed during the shootings. He was a bright light and someone who always showed up for others. It is critical that my family and the other victims’ families get transparency, honesty, and [the] justice they deserve. Virginia Beach is the epitome of home and tenacity and, as a community, we will get through this and come out even stronger.”
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Lynch was a graduate of the University of Virginia Wise where he played football as an offensive lineman for the UVA Wise Cavaliers.
Currently, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.
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