Just days after her cousin Nicholas Telemaque’s murder in Brooklyn, Nicki Minaj’s relatives say they believe it was a case of mistaken identity.

Minaj’s relative, Carol Clarke, spoke with RadarOnline about the tragic incident. “[Nicholas’] friends have told us there wasn’t any trouble that night and we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity,” she said.

“Nicki is absolutely devastated as are all our family — she was very close to her cousin,” she added.

Meanwhile, the pint-sized rapper tweeted a photo of Telemaque with the words: “Lived in Brooklyn his whole life. My precious cousin. My Baby. Killed last nite.”

Police say Telemaque had multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso and died on the way to a local hospital.

The case is still being investigated.

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