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Death of Tabby Diamond: Reggae artist killed in Jamaica drive-by shooting aged 67

The lead singer of reggae group The Mighty Diamonds, Donald “Tabby” Shaw, 67, has been killed in a shooting from a passing car in Jamaica.

One other person was killed and three others injured in the shooting, which took place on Tuesday (March 29) on McKinley Crescent in St Andrew, Kingston.

The second victim, Owen Beckford, is reportedly a relative of Shaw’s. Two men and one woman are reportedly being treated for gunshot wounds.

In a statement to loop messagesSt Andrew Police Division Chief Superintendent Kirk Ricketts said a preliminary investigation found the shooting could be linked to an ongoing local gang conflict.

According to Ricketts, police are investigating whether the alleged criminal activities of Shaw’s son, who is currently in police custody on homicide charges, may have led to the legendary reggae singer being targeted.

According to the statement, Shaw and Beckford were with a group of people at a store in McKinley Crescent when an unidentified gunman opened fire on them, killing five people.

Tabby was reportedly punched in the face several times before being taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Mighty Diamonds group was formed in 196, with Shaw making up a third of the iconic reggae band alongside Lloyd “Judge” Ferguson and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson. Over time, all three bandmates added the word “Diamond” to their names.

Known for the classic reggae hits “Pass the Kouchie” and “I Need a Roof”, the Mighty Diamonds were awarded the National Order of Distinction in the Officer Class in 2021.

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The group catapulted into the limelight in 1976 following the release of their debut album Right time.

Jamaica’s culture minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange condemned the “senseless” killing, which she says left a gaping void in the country’s music landscape, local news reported.

Lukes Morgan, a member of Grammy-winning Jamaican reggae band Morgan Heritage, took to Twitter to express his regret over Shaw’s death, writing: “[No] that makes no sense. RIP to the amazing Tabby Diamond, one of the legends of our music.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/tabby-diamond-death-jamaica-reggae-b2047852.html Death of Tabby Diamond: Reggae artist killed in Jamaica drive-by shooting aged 67

JOE HERNANDEZ

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