Rap Star's Cousin Shot Dead in Brooklyn

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011  |  Updated 1:22 PM EDT
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Rap Star's Cousin Shot Dead in Brooklyn

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The cousin of rapper Nicki Minaj was shot to death in Brooklyn early Monday, police said.

Nicholas Telemaque, 27, was shot multiple times just blocks from his home on East 52nd Street and Farragut Road in East Flatbush, police said.

Police responded to the shooting around 2:40 a.m. and took Telemaque to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Shortly after his death, Minaj tweeted "My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic* Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn,NY."

Police said no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Minaj was the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List.  The song "Your Love" from her debut album "Pink Friday" peaked at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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