Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams has shared a new tweet on his Twitter page and revealed why he gave a speech at the funeral of his cousin Donovon Lynch who was shot by a police officer.
Donovon Lynch died in the early morning hours on March 27 after a police officer shot him near the intersection of 20th Street and Pacific Avenue at the Oceanfront.
Lynch’s death has left many questions. The body camera of a police officer who shot Lynch was not on at the time of the shooting, which prompted an investigation into the incident.
Speaking at his cousin’s funeral on Monday, pop music artist Pharrell Williams urged Virginia Beach residents to start a dialogue to understand what the community stands for and what it wants to be.
Here’s what Pharrell said:
“Although Donovon’s body laid in the street for an inhuman amount of time, his spirit got up. Tragedy after tragedy, the body of Virginia Beach keeps getting knocked down. But it is time for the spirit of Virginia Beach to get up.
Virginia Beach, you need to talk — talk about your issues, talk about your struggles so we can get past them. We need to put each other on notice, not to tear each other down but to lift each other up so we can be effective; so that we can win.”
On the other hand, Pharrell is celebrating his 48th birthday. He also took to Twitter and tweeted why he did this speech. Celebrating his 48th birthday, the singer shared a photo of his cousin and said that the celebration was symbolic and that he had to make this speech.
Here’s the tweet:
“Thank you God for my 48th lap around the Sun. This one is symbolic and a first because I had to speak at my cousin’s funeral. Too many unanswered City and State questions. Respectfully, I am calling for a Federal investigation. I humbly ask that you all keep the family in prayer.”
Check out the Twitter post below.
Thank you God for my 48th lap around the Sun.
This one is symbolic and a first because I had to speak at my cousin’s funeral. Too many unanswered City and State questions.
Respectfully, I am calling for a Federal investigation.
I humbly ask that you all keep the family in prayer. pic.twitter.com/J3EoDsS6KT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 6, 2021