Dancehall artist Captian Barkey (born, Wayne Hamilton) was shot outside a Bronx motel early Saturday morning as he and his girlfriend Tracy Bennett walked over to her vehicle.
The suspect in the shooting is Haiti-born music promoter Joseph Kernizan and police believe that he stalked his ex and her new lover for months before shooting them both in the head in the parking lot of the Holiday Motel.
Ms Bennett, 38, was heard begging for her life in the Bronx car park before she and Mr Hamilton were murdered, witnesses said.
Hamilton, 50, had repeatedly been warned by friends to end the affair. His longtime partner in music David “Wickerman” Taylor told told the New York Post that Kernizan had been stalking Mr Hamilton for months.
‘It was August when he told me that this man in New York was following him,’ Mr Taylor said in an emotional interview from Jamaica, where Bennett and Hamilton also hail.
‘Barkey said the man trailed him, he was stalking him. And he tried to run him down, off the road.
‘I said, “You’ve got to be careful.” I warned him, “You don’t know what this guy will do.”
‘We figured he had a tracking device on her.
‘That was Barkey’s only enemy. Everyone loved him. He was not a troublemaker.’
According to UK’s Daily Mail Bennett and Hamilton had been datinfg for five years, friends said, but she had struggled to leave Kernizan, the father of two of her three children, 12-year-old Mia and seven-year-old Jason. Her oldest child, daughter Dajahnae, 18, rushed home from the University of Baltimore after learning her mother was dead.
Bennett, a nurse at Winthrop University Hospital and Kernizan a barbershop and nightclub owner had married ten years ago but remained in the same Long Island house after they separated. According to neighbors the police has been called to their residence several times over domestic disputes. In August Bennett took out a restraining order against Kernizan.
Records show Kernizan — who goes by the nickname “Country’’ was arrested on August 17 for contempt and was due in cord on domestoc violence charges October 22.
Hamilton lived in Milwaukee Wisconsin with his wife Mavis, 48. She drove him to the airport for his New York trip.
Now that this tragedy has occurred, his music is being looked at with much more scrutiny. The artist was known for songs on the topic of being cheated on (which Jamaicans call getting bun). One of his songs was called “BUn Fi Bun” essentially condoning one spouse to cheat on his/her partner. In 2010 he released a song called “Nah Lef Joe” where his says the woman won’t leave her man “Joe” for him. Looking back in wake of all that’s transpired these past four days you almost wish you could erase the words “mi life dun ova bun” from the song. Listen to it below: