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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Local family members and friends of Tyquan Washington came together on Wednesday at his home in High Point. Washington was shot and killed on Hyde Drive in Greensboro Tuesday morning. He is the nephew of “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino and son of musician Ricco Barrino.

“It was just heartbreaking and devastating to know your older brother is gone,” said Tavion Washington, one of the victim’s brothers.

”Shock, the whole thing is still surreal to me,” said Zyricc Washington, another one of the victim’s brothers.

As Tyquan Washington’s family gathered, David Lee White Jr., the man accused of shooting and killing him, faced a judge.

FOX8 learned more about White’s criminal history in court today.

White has been arrested at least three times. Police just arrested him four days ago for allegedly punching a woman in the eye. He bailed out on Monday.

Tuesday is when police believe he shot and killed Tyquan Washington. An arrest warrant also says that White took less than $15 from the victim.

“I miss him,” said Shirlene Horne, the victim’s grandmother. “I love him. I think justice needs to be done.”

Investigators said today that they’ve received reports from people who said White and Washington had argued before and even shot at each other. Some people also told police this was gang activity. Investigators are looking into those claims, but cannot confirm them.

White’s next court date is March 15.

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A love letter to my son. dear son I needed to write this sooner but it's funny how life make you aware of your own unconscious procrastinations. I wanted you to know that from the depths of my heart your daddy loves you and he always has. I remember holding you for the first time that's when I knew that I had to do something other than work in somebody's factory so that one day you could look up to me. As I write this letter with tears streaming down my face I want you to know that I showed you tough love because I knew you were something special. I never forget the first time that me and your mother took you to gymnastics for tryouts. I remember the lady walking over to us and telling us that we would have to wait behind a long list of other kids lol I guess she didn't know what my kid was capable of because when she turned around she spotted you turning somersaults as if you were in the US Olympics. I remember her immediately turning around and tell us have your kid here next week! I remember your mother smiling from ear to ear because she knew that the people really didn't want you in their program until they seen what you could do. I knew you were special when you came out the womb I remember watching you run fast and play with your uncle Zay with your little plats in your hair those high cheekbones like your mother and that little raspy chuckle you used to do while you had on your number seven air Jordans that was so small they look like little lightning Rods as you ran across the floor and wrestled with your uncle. I knew you were special when all the older kids wanted to hang with you. I knew you were leader at that moment and All the way up to your first big 18th birthday. I'll never forget that birthday I was smiling from ear to ear telling everybody in the studio that my son is finally becoming a man. I wanted to be there every day for you and there wasn't a day that went by I didn't wonder where you were. Well on this day you became a bigger man when you put on a pair of wings and did what I have yet to do. So you show me your leadership skills. you go join hands with your grandma and kiss for me. You sing loud for me up there. Love dad🌹 R.i.p T.W

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