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Nicki Minaj was shocked to find out that her cousin, Nicholas Telemaque, was shot and killed in Brooklyn on the early morning hours of July 4th.  

STORY: HE HAS A NAME: Nicholas Telemaque, Nicki Minaj’s Cousin, Gunned Down In Brooklyn (PHOTOS)

Nicki expressed her remorse, tweeting, “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcoholic Murdered Last nite Near his home Brooklyn, NY.” 

Telemaque’s cousin, Carol Clarke, told Radaronline that, “Nicki is absolutely devastated, as are all our family over the death of Nicholas.”

STORY: Nicholas Telemaque, Nicki Minaj’s Cousin, Remembered (PHOTOS)

At this moment, family is the most important and Nicki Minaj has a huge family.

Nicki, who was born in Trinidad, went back to her native land leading up to her “Pink Friday” album release. MTV followed the Young Money Barbie as she visited family members. Minaj shopped, hugged and talked about old times and reflected on moments with her grandmother, who she lived with after her mother left Trinidad for America.

It’s safe to say that Nicki is a family girl and having a family support system, especially at this time, is vital. 

STORY: Nicholas Telemaque, Nicki Minaj’s Murdered Cousin, Was A Victim Of Mistaken Identity (PHOTOS)

From her Young Money family to her Trinidadian kin, Nicki Minaj is surrounded by loved ones.


Nicki’s late cousin, Nicholas Telemaque.


Nicki’s mom, Carol Maraj.


Nicki’s Trinidadian family.


One of Nicki’s family members tears up as Nicki takes her family on a shopping spree.


Nicki poses with Young Money family member and C.E.O. Lil Wayne


Nicki goes in for a kiss with fellow Young Money family member Drake as they shoot Nicki’s “Moment 4 Life” video. 


Nicki poses with Young Money family member Tyga

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