|CAPTAIN BARKEY SHOT DEAD|
YORK, USA, Wednesday October 17, 2012 – Members of the reggae music fraternity,
media and friends gathered in New York on Monday evening to honour popular
Jamaican entertainer Captain Barkey who was shot dead in Bronx early on
tribute, hosted by Irie Jam radio in collaboration with Images Media, was held
at Clippers Restaurant and Lounge in Queens, and honoured the memory of the
50-year-old dancehall deejay who gained fame with the 1996 hit “Go Go Wine” and
was cut down by a hail of bullets in the parking lot of the Holiday Motel along
with his girlfriend Tracy Bennett.
to police, the former soldier, born Wayne Hamilton, and 38-year-old Bennett
were about to leave the motel in her white Toyota when the gunman darted out of
hiding and shot them.
killer was waiting when the couple emerged from the Holiday Motel around 3:10
am, and he blasted more than two dozen bullets at the helpless duo,” the New
York Daily News reported witnesses and police as saying.
hopped from the passenger seat and tried to escape the hail of bullets that cut
him down just outside the motel office,” the Daily News report continued.
suspect then turned his pistol on the weeping Bennett as she stood next to her
parked sedan, its motor still running,” added the report.
Daily News and the New York Post both reported witnesses saying that Bennett
pleaded for her life before she, too, was shot dead.
looked out my window and saw a lady standing there,” the Daily News quoted
Ricky Gugliotta, who was staying in a nearby room. “She was begging him not to
shoot her, but then he shot her twice and she went down.”
said the shooter jumped into a car with New York plates and sped off after the
Sunday, police named 42-year-old Joseph Kernizan as the suspect in the murders
and said he had a long rap sheet with 16 prior arrests on charges including
robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, fraud and forgery.
a Haitian resident of Long Island, is said to be the father of two children
with Bennett who had a restraining order in place against him.
are in possession of video footage of Kernizan, captured by the motel’s closed
circuit security TV.
Barkey was a veteran of the sound system circuit. He started deejaying with two
Spanish Town sound systems, Stereo One and People’s Choice, and had a few minor
hits before topping Jamaican charts with “Go Go Wine” after which he scored
with “Bun Fi Bun”.
later partnered with fellow deejay Wickerman (David Taylor) and the duo put out
a string of hits, recording for dancehall producers King Jammys and Steelie and
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