Paramedics found a man lying on the street outside a Brampton convenience store with a gun wound to the abdomen
Police have identified the man shot and killed on a Toronto street on Wednesday night as the 22-year-old cousin of the country’s biggest female singer.
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Paramedics found a man lying on the street outside a Brampton convenience store with a gun wound to the abdomen. Police and paramedics performed CPR on the unidentified victim and rushed him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim is the cousin of Taylor Swift, and the hometown boy made good in a world where money, prestige and fame are often far ahead of dreams and talent.
Twins Tatiana and Taylor Williamson, who have their own clothing line, reported the news on Twitter on Thursday night. Taylor texted her siblings to tell them she was happy the news came through: “JK, you have to check it out!” Tatiana tweeted to her younger sister, “ok, @Taylorswift13 found out my baby cousin got shot and is dead!”
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) JK, you have to check it out! Thank you for sending your kind messages. My brother just lost his cousin over the weekend. #lovinguncles
A 29-year-old man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting, according to police.
Taylor’s manager, Larry Rudolph, took to social media to express his feelings about the tragedy. “Rest in peace cousin! @taylorswift13,” Rudolph tweeted on Thursday evening.
Tatiana tweeted back, “no nvm 🙁 my best friend lives in the sky now!! Thank you for letting me hold her before you passed – your sister!”
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) Rest in peace cousin! @taylorswift13
Meanwhile, Storify has been flooded with tributes to the victim, with many using the hashtag “#teamswift4taylor”.
Brampton, Canada’s third-largest city, is home to about 166,000 people, with a population that is nearly 60% female and 90% over the age of 45.
Taylor, a multiple Grammy winner and Rogers arena entertainer with 10 top 10 hits and 46 million album sales, rose to fame as a member of the first wave of country music acts on Canadian TV, including the Stone Poneys, Steep Canyon Rangers and the Guess Who.
Swift grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to Canada and launching a hugely successful career as a country artist, selling millions of albums and becoming one of the world’s most popular musicians.
Her first record, 1989, topped the Billboard 200 when it was released in the US last year, but failed to make much of an impact in Canada, where the country’s traditional country music artists also dominated at the time.