January 24, 2022

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Grand Jury Clears Officer Who Fatally Shot Pharrell Williams’ Cousin; Report

During the spring of 2021, Pharrell Williams commemorated his 48th birthday by paying tribute to Donovan Lynch, a 25-year-old relative who had been slain in the Virginia Beach killings that had occurred only a few days earlier.

Currently, according to The Star, the police officer who was responsible for the young man’s death has been found not guilty by a special grand jury.

The prosecution claimed that Officer Solomon D. Simmons was “justified in protecting himself and others in the moments following Lynch’s racking a round into his handgun’s chamber and standing pointing his weapon towards a parking lot filled with multiple people and police.”

The two-hour news conference lasted two hours. During that period, the environment in Virginia Beach was, to put it mildly, disorganised.

Lynch and a companion were claimed to have been strolling down the city’s beachfront, which is dotted with restaurants and hotels, as hundreds of other people do on sunny, spring nights, according to reports.

When separate bursts of gunfire were heard, what began out as a normal night rapidly turned into a nightmare for everyone. Eight individuals were injured, and one lady (who was thought to be a bystander) was killed as a result of the incident.

Lynch, who had previously played offensive line for the University of Virginia’s College at Wise squad in 2017 and 2018, was slain during this session of action, according to the Washington Star.

Prosecutors used video from numerous police body cameras taken in the minutes before and after his death, as well as witness accounts, to demonstrate their case.

A recorded testimony from Simmons said that Lynch seemed “out of place,” and that he was hiding in the bushes near the parking lot where the shooting had occurred when he heard a firearm being “racked.”

Lynch was shot and killed in the parking lot. As Simmons put it, “I believe he’s going to start firing into the parking lot.”

Despite his inability to recollect precisely what he spoke to Lynch, the officer believes he said something to him. As the armed guy started to turn, Simmons opened fire, striking him in the head and killing him.

Wayne Lynch filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chicago for $50 million, claiming that his son was slain “quickly, unjustly, and without warning.”

In a statement to the Virginian-Pilot, Donovan’s friend Darrion Marsh, who is said to have witnessed the shooting, claimed that Lynch “never took the gun out of his cargo shorts,” despite the fact that body cam footage from officers who arrived within 25-30 seconds does not show Marsh in the immediate area.

Apparently, Wayne wasn’t pleased with the outcome of the grand jury’s decision, and Pharrell Williams reportedly sent a letter to city officials last month informing them that his Something in the Water music festival would not be returning to Virginia Beach, in part because of the city’s handling of the investigation into his cousin’s death.

Wayne hasn’t responded to the news of the grand jury’s decision, and Wayne hasn’t responded to Pharrell Williams’ letter.

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