The brother of murdered local dancehall artiste Kyle “Rebel Sixx” George echoed his mother’s call for peace at the singer’s funeral service yesterday.
George was shot dead on Sunday 5 July when gunmen stormed his home.
His mother asked that there be no retaliation for his death, as she spoke through a video posted on social media.
“Vengence is the Lord’s,” she said.
At the Dibe Church of the Nazarene at Long Circular Road, St James, Jeffery Francis Jnr admitted during the eulogy that he was angry and hurt by the way his brother was taken away.
However, he stressed that love is what is needed right now.
“We need our people…we need black people to love ourself,” he said.
“We need to stop walking around and seeing other black brothers and saying I don’t like this one,” he continued.
Francis Jnr said he believes the people who killed his brother did not have a reason and were badly influenced. But he wants the killing to end there.
He then vasked the congregation to hug and tell one another that they love them.
“You see that feeling you just get inside, that is what we need,” he said.
While the church tried to adhere to COVID-19 regulations by limiting the number of people inside, on the streets it was another picture as hundreds came to bid Rebel Sixx farewell.
His songs blasted as his fans sang along to his hits ‘Rifle War’ and ‘BI6’ which he sang with another late dancehall artiste Kwinton ‘K Lion’ Thomas.
Thomas died of heart failure in early June.
There was one thing George’s family members, friends, and fans agreed on, that was his talent. Almost everyone who spoke on his behalf said he was destined to be a singer.
“After a performance, she would be up and down with all her friends saying allyuh hear my child voice,” Francis Jnr said.
“First time I heard Kyle sing I was like what?” his former coach said.
Allistar Ramdoo said he told Kyle that he should give up football and pursue singing. His brother recounted a memory of when they got their first computer. He said while he downloaded games, Kyle focused on beats to sing along to.
“Over the years I saw him develop his craft into what it is today,” Francis Jnr said.
“It was a long and arduous journey,” he continued.
The singer’s mother was unable to attend the funeral but she sent a voice note that said she is grateful that he left his mark on this world. She promised that his children will be well taken care of.
“I always said you would preach and you did preach,” she said.
The singer whose name started making headway in the local dance industry in 2019 has gained millions of views on video-sharing platform YouTube.