(Jamaica Observer) Several persons, including key figures in the entertainment industry, on Monday gathered in Half-Way-Tree, the St Andrew capital, to pray for their colleague Oneil Edwards.
Edwards, a member of the popular group Voicemail, was shot multiple times as he entered his Belloc Avenue home in Duhaney Park, Kingston at approximately 1:00 on Monday morning.
As news of the shooting spread, a handful of entertainers and well-wishers gathered outside the Nelson Mandela Park in Half-Way-Tree and prayed for the entertainer.
Many openly condemned the shooting.
“The incident was not called for, and I definitely disrespect anyone who feel that they should shoot an artiste for no reason,” said dancehall entertainer Beenie Man, whose correct name is Moses Davis.
“If it is a robbery, all you have to do is show us a gun because whatever it is we can get it back. You never had to shoot the man,” he added.
Singers Tami Chynn and Alaine said they were hopeful Edwards would recover.
“It’s just very sad. I can’t believe that this has happened. Oneil is one of the nicest and most positive people you will ever meet on any given day and we are really praying for him and his family that he will pull through,” Chin said.
“Oneil is my friend, a wonderful person, who I love and it broke my heart when I got the news. But I am a believer in the power of God and His power is working; Oneil is going to be healed,” Alaine added.
Entertainer Mr Vegas offered: “It’s something that touches everybody because it’s the whole Voicemail crew, not only Oneil. We come out here this morning to keep this prayer meeting because only God answers prayer, and the only thing we can do right now is pray.”
According to Delamar and Renegade, members of the dancehall duo RDX, Edwards’ shooting should serve as a wake-up call for all entertainers.