The son of Grammy nominated reggae artist Luciano was stabbed to death last Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica. Menelik McClymont, 19, was reportedly walking to school when he was accosted by three men. He was rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Luciano has since made an emotional YouTube appeal for information that would lead to the arrest of those responsible for his son’s murder.
“Dem kill mi son. These culprits cyaan just get away — kill off innocent people and run gone hide and live like all is well,” the artiste said sombrely.
The global reggae star’s four-minute video urges members of the public with any leads on the killing of his son Menelik to contact
Luciano’s appeal was watched almost 40,000 times within the 48 hours after it was posted. In it, he said his son was killed in an unprovoked attack for simply looking at someone the wrong way. Without revealing his sources, he says the teenager was stabbed multiple times by more than one assailant who sped off in a car.
The singer also urged young people in Kingston to avoid senseless acts of violence, naming several high-crime districts, including the Halfway Tree Road where Menelik was killed.
Luciano, one of Jamaica’s most popular reggae artists, is known as The Messenger for his lyrics that shun violence and misogyny — a relatively uncommon stance in the reggae-dancehall world. In 2007, Luciano received the Order Of Distinction from the Jamaican government for his outstanding contribution to music.
Messages of condolences from around the world have since been posted all over social media for the singer now mourning the loss of his son.