Wayne Hamilton, who was shot to death alongside gal pal Tracy Bennett outside Holiday Motel, taunted Joseph Kernizan in song ‘Nah Lef Joe.’ Police are hunting Kernizan, who allegedly gunned down duo after Bennett begged for her life
The popular reggae singer gunned down with his secret girlfriend outside a seedy Bronx hotel had taunted his romantic rival and accused killer in song.
In “Nah Lef Joe,” released in 2010, Wayne Hamilton, 50, better known as Captain Barkey, sang of bedding a woman, then complaining in the chorus, “She tell me she nah lef Joe.”
Friends said the song was aimed at Joseph Kernizan, 42, the man cops are hunting for killing Hamilton and his lover Tracy Bennett early Saturday outside the Holiday Motel, where the doomed duo had booked a room.
“It’s a song about her not leaving Joe,” said Bennett’s longtime friend Bella, who declined to give her last name.
“He was begging her to leave Joe for a long time.”
People close to Hamilton had repeatedly cautioned him to break off the steamy affair, warning him that Kernizan was “a serious man,” dancehall artist Wickerman told Jamaican entertainment news site One876Entertainment Saturday.
Bennett and Hamilton were about to get in her white Toyota Camry after an apparent early morning tryst at the hot-sheets motel when cops say they were confronted by Kernizan, a music promoter on Long Island who went by the nickname “Country.”
Tracy Bennett begged for her life before she was shot dead.
Bennett, a nurse at a Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, L.I., had been dating the reggae star for five years, friends said.
Meanwhile, she struggled to leave Kernizan, the father of two of her three children.“He was so obsessed with her,” Bella said. As Bennett moved toward independence, even taking out an order of protection against Kernizan, he grew more enraged, the friend said.
“I know he wanted her dead — and the lover,” Bella said.
Other neighbors have said that police were frequently called to the house Kernizan and Bennett shared in Elmont. Hamilton, best known for his 1996 hit “Go Go Wine,” lived in Milwaukee with his wife, Mavis Hamilton.
She knew nothing about his affair with Bennett, even though he alluded to it in song. “Now that he’s dead, what can I do?” Mavis Hamilton, 48, said. “The memories that I’ll keep is the man that I know that loved me.” She left worried messages for him when she didn’t hear from him after taking him to the airport Friday for his New York trip.”
The scene where a double shooting took place at the Holiday Motel in the Bronx.
Cops arrived to find both the victims dead at the scene. The man was 50, and the woman was 38.
The suspect, described as a bald man, sped away in a blue Honda sedan, sources said.
It was not immediately clear if the victims were staying at the motel. Investigators were still trying to determine the motive behind the brutal double murder.
Damone Jackson, 38, was pulling out of the lot with his girlfriend after they decided to go to another motel when the gunfire erupted.
“I saw the guy running around. He was dancing all over the place,” Jackson said. “Then, I heard the shots. It sounded like about 30 shots. It was like two clips worth.”
Jackson said he was about to go to the office to book a room, but his girlfriend insisted on finding another place to stay.
“I was about to check in five minutes before it happened,” he said. “I thank God that I didn’t come in here. I thank God.”