Tabby Diamond: 67-Year-Old Reggae Legend Killed in Jamaica Drive-By Shooting

Tabby Diamond: 67-Year-Old Reggae Legend Killed in Jamaica Drive-By Shooting

  • Donald Shaw alias Tabby was killed in a gangland-style drive-by shooting in Jamaica
  • The lead singer, vocalist of reggae band Mighty Diamonds' was 67 years when he was fatally shot
  • Police are investigating the incident to ascertain if it is related to ongoing gang violence

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Reggae fans globally are mourning the fatal shooting of Donald Shaw alias Tabby the lead singer of 'Mighty Diamonds’ in Jamaica.

Tabby Diamond: 67-Year-Old Reggae Legend Killed in Jamaica Drive-By Shooting
Reggae lead singer Tabby Diamond was killed in a drive-by shooting in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: Tabby Diamond.
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The singer and Owen Beckford believed to be his relative were killed in the incident that happened on McKinley Crescent in St Andrew.

Three others who were in the company of the deceased were also shot and sustained injuries.

According to St Andrew Police Division’s senior superintendent, Kirk Ricketts revealed that investigations have indicated the shooting could be related to a local gang conflict.

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The police boss added that the police department is investigating whether criminal activities are attributed to Shaw’s son who is being held led to Tabby being targeted.

Tabby Diamond: 67-Year-Old Reggae Legend Killed in Jamaica Drive-By Shooting
St Andrew's Police Department is investigating a drive-by shooting that ended the life of Tabby Diamond. Photo: Loop Jamaica.
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In a statement, the two deceased individuals were standing outside a retail shop in McKinley Crescent when a gunman opened fire, hitting five people.

The musician was shot multiple times in the face multiple times and was rushed to a local hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Hit songs

The Mighty Diamonds was established in 1969 by trio Tabby, Lloyd Ferguson alias Judge and Fitzroy Simpson, stage name Bunny.

Their greatest hit 'Pass the Kouchie' propelled the group to the global limelight. Their debut album 'Right Time' performed well globally.

'I Need a Roof' was also of their best performing hits for the group which was conferred with the national honour of Order of Distinction in the Officer Class in 2021.

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Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s culture minister condemned the incident saying the demise of the artiste had left a gap in the music industry.

Grammy award-winning group Morgan Heritage's Lukes Morgan expressed sadness at the incident.

On his Twitter account, the musician Lukes wrote:

“No this doesn’t make any sense. Rest In Peace to the great Tabby Diamond, one of the legends of our music.”

Source: YEN.com.gh

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