The dancehall community is currently mourning the death of veteran deejay Captain Barkey
Barkey, whose real name is Wayne Hamilton, and his female companion Tracy Bennett were gunned down Saturday morning by a man identified as the ex-lover of Tracy.
According to reports, Hamilton was shot several times by a lone gunman as he and Bennett stepped out of a Bronx Motel at around 3:10 a.m. The gunman then chased down Bennett and shot her several times while she begged for her life.
Since news of his death spread, several dancehall veterans have weighed in while sending their condolence.
“Jah know star, it grieve mi to know he was murdered in that way. It rough, especially as I never hear ’bout him an’ anybody inna argument yet. He was always cracking jokes, dem youth deh neva inna any mix-up yet. Him a mi personal bredren and a miss him.”
“He was like a breath of fresh air, you’ll hear a joke a million times but when Captain Barkey tells it, it’s a different joke altogether.”
“I don’t have any one o’clock again. Barkey would call mi and sey, ‘Jah know, mi have something new fi gi yuh’, an’ dat something would either be a joke or a new song. A feel it, a feel it bad.”
Bounty Killer on Twitter
“Condolences on the sad passing of our brother #CaptBARKEY ~ @GrungGaadZillA”
Several other dancehall artists also retweeted that tweet.