Upcoming Jamaican singer allegedly killed over EC$2
Bob Marley's birthday, February 6, will forever be a day of pain for Margo Douglas as her nephew, aspiring entertainer France Nooks was stabbed to death, allegedly during an altercation with a taxi-driver on that day in Kingston, Jamaica.
"It is a major shock, a part of me is completely gone, everything has changed for me, my definitions have changed, half of me is gone, even my hellos are different," a distraught Margo Douglas told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills on Thursday, two days after the young man's death.
The 25-year-old died while undergoing treatment at the Andrews Memorial Hospital from a stab wound allegedly inflicted by the cabbie with whom he had had an argument over an additional JMD$100, which is EC$2.16, cost above the regular fare charged to traverse the route that leads past the Bob Marley museum.
"He was a gentle soul, grateful, humble, and supportive. He was a blessing, a good role model for my son, Meleku, (Sizzla's son) who wants to be an artiste because of France. He was my son's big brother, my son's inspiration. I have seen doors close on him, and he never gave up, he would try, try, try again, and he was just about to get his break, a show overseas," she said.
The police are yet to apprehend the taxi-driver.
"Even if he felt that France disrespected him, we could have told him sorry, but now, we can't even get back France...I won't see him again," she said, her voice choked with tears.
She believes that the taxi-driver is attempting to thwart justice by refusing to turn himself in.
"People know who he is, and they are hiding him in that community," she said.
Ms Douglas said her sister, France's mother, who is diabetic, is distraught and will be flying in from the Bahamas, where she now resides, soon.
"She is ill and taking it bad. France was her first child, she got pregnant at 16, oh God, I can't believe he is gone," she said.
France Nooks was a dub music singer who had been getting a buzz in Europe as he had a single on the critically acclaimed album, 'Kingston Meets Havana' that features several artistes from the Caribbean.
This is the fifth such case in recent memory where a member of the Jamaican entertainment fraternity has been brutally killed. Last year, two artistes, namely Gaza Maxwell and Donovan 'Unicorn' McMurray, died violently while two well known producers, Ralston 'Tru Blue' Wellington and Cleon 'Corey Mineral Boss' Jones were also mowed down in gun violence.