Tragedy has struck the family of Beyonce Knowles.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, a man found dead in San Antonio, Texas last Tuesday has been identified as rapper Marell Derouen.
He’s been confirmed as a cousin of Beyonce.
Authorities reportedly discovered the body of DeRouen while conducting a welfare check after an unnamed person who told police that he/she hadn’t heard from him for several days.
Derouen performed under the name Kardone — and was signed to The Orchard, a Sony Music label.
Local police, meanwhile, have said that 21-year old Sasha Skare is the main suspect in Derouen’s death.
The cops are still searching for Skare, who was also allegedly involved in a shooting in North Austin in 2019.
Per the aforementioned newspaper, Officers arrived at Derouen’s apartment complex at about noon last Tuesday and asked maintenance staff to help them get inside.
Once there, they found Derouen deceased from a gunshot wound.
A San Antonio-based musician, Derouen was widely known in his area as Beyonce’s cousin through her maternal grandmother Agnéz Deréon, after whom Tina Knowles named her fashion line, House of Deréon.
His Spotify bio reads as follows:
“In the last few years, he’s changed that narrative with his own musical pursuits.”
Of being related to maybe the most popular solo artist on the planet?
“That’s not even something he would even mention to people,” Brian Mitchell, who owns Fyngermade Studio, told a local news outlet.
“We’d just have to put in his bios because it’s just, it’s worthy to put it in there, but he doesn’t like stuff like that.
“He was just a real subtle dude, quiet.”
Derouen’s wife, Joia, told the Express-News her husband was a loving man and the victim of a “senseless act.”
There is “no way to replace him but please help us find this girl,” she wrote in a statement to the publication, adding of Skare:
“She is dangerous and I do believe she will kill again. If you see her please contact the police.”
While the manhunt for Skare continues, Mitchell has joined the influx of people questioning why anyone would murder such a gentle soul, explaining:
”It’s like hurting a butterfly.”
We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Martell Derouen.
May he rest in peace.