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Last week NBA star Dwayne Wade vocalized his criticism of rampant gun violence after his cousin was shot in Chicago. And now singer Janelle Monáe is coping with—and speaking out against—a similar tragedy.
Yesterday, Monáe tweeted the news that her cousin had been killed in a drive-by shooting at her home in Kansas City, Kansas. Natasha Hays was 37, had three teenage daughters, and was working as a caregiver when she was shot in her sleep on August 30.
Monáe took to Twitter to share the impact the murder has had on her family noting, “Evil has no race.”
Hearing your uncle on the phone while he tries to make sense of his daughter being murdered is the most helpless feeling in the entire world
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) August 31, 2016
Investigations into the murder are still ongoing. Police are encouraging anyone with leads to call the TIPS hotline 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Lyz Lenz is currently the managing editor of the Rumpus. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Jezebel, the Columbia Journalism Review, and Mashable.