Reggae star Luciano's YouTube plea to find his son's killers

Luciano (right) appeared in the video appeal along with producer Wayne Lonesome Luciano (right) appeared in the video appeal along with producer Wayne Lonesome

The Grammy-nominated reggae singer Luciano has made an emotional YouTube appeal for information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible for his son's murder.

"Dem kill mi son," the star said sombrely in Jamaican patois. "These culprits cyaan just get away, kill off innocent people and run gone hide and live like all is well."

The global reggae star's four-minute video urges members of the public with any leads on the killing of his son, 19-year-old Menelik McClymont, to contact the police.

McClymont was stabbed several times in the Jamaican capital, Kingston, on 27 February. He died in hospital the next day from his injuries.

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Luciano's appeal was watched almost 40,000 times within the 48 hours after it was posted. In it, he said that 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 McClymont 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. An avid follower of the Rastafarian faith, his reputation and career contrasts with dancehall stars such as Vybz Kartell, who in 2014 was sentenced to 35 years in prison for murder. In 2007 Luciano received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for his outstanding contribution to music.

Using a social media to deliver a crime appeal is an innovative move in Kingston, where historically relations between police and inner city residents have been poor. The video appeared on a YouTube page associated with reggae music rather than a police website.

Messages of condolences from around the world dominate the YouTube comments on Luciano's video appeal with the majority expressing messages of love and prayers for the star and his family.

Jamaica's youth unemployment rate stands above 30 per cent and the country was once declared by the United Nations to have the sixth highest murder rate in the world.

Blog by Karen Chambers

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