Let’s all take a moment to extend our deepest condolences to Janelle Monáe who lost her first cousin Natasha Hays to gun violence early Tuesday morning.
Reportedly, Hays, 37, and her three children were asleep when an unidentified assailant sprayed gunfire into her Kansas home. Hays’ three children, ages 14, 16, and 18, were unharmed. So far, no arrests have been made. Hays was a caregiver at the Life Care Center of Kansas City.
On Wednesday evening Monáe expressed her devastation via Twitter. “Gun violence has struck home,” the Wonderland singer-songwriter tweeted. “My beautiful 1st cousin was murdered. She was a mother of 3. Loved by her community. #NatashaHays #sayhername.”
The end-to-gun-violence activist is a supporter of the #sayhername #sayhisname movement which campaigns against police brutality and anti-Black violence. Monáe said she will pray for an end to gun violence.
“KansasCity #Gunviolence is still keeping our city in a dark place. The fear of ‘who is next?’ never leaves. Praying4more light. Help us,” the singer wrote in another tweet.
Last year, Monáe released protest single “Hell You Talmbout,” listing the names of victims of hate crimes and police brutality. Names listed include Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, and Eric Garner.
No one deserves to lose their mother, daughter, or cousin. Natasha Hays’ three children and her extended family are in our prayers.