Nicki Minaj arrives at the BET Awards '11 held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 26, 2011 in Los Angeles

*Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that her “precious cousin” was murdered Sunday evening.

“My cousin Nicholas (also goes by Juse) was murdered last night near his home in Brooklyn, New York,” Minaj wrote Monday.

Shortly after sharing the news, her fans (and stars like Jordin Sparks) tweeted their condolences, reports

“Sending love and prayers to you and your family,” Sparks, 21, tweeted.

User DovelyMe20 wrote : “I’m so sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.”

Added user kittykat182010: “I’m so sorry for your loss. Keep your head up baby girl. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Much love.”