Service of Thanksgiving for 'Tabby Diamond' Friday at Louise Bennett Theatre
Tabby Diamond

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, has announced that the Service of Thanksgiving for Donald ‘Tabby Diamond’ Shaw will take place at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Friday, May 20, at 11:00 am.

A public viewing has been planned for Thursday, May 19 at Perry's Funeral Home on Job's Lane in St Catherine where individuals will get to pay their respects to the reggae icon between the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Members of the public are being asked not to take any photos or videos of the deceased in keeping with his family's wishes.

Tabby Diamond, who was lead singer of the Mighty Diamonds, was among two people killed in a drive-by shooting on McKinley Crescent in Kingston in March.

Police report that the 67-year-old singer, whose real name is Donald Orlando Shaw, was among a group of people who were gathered at a section of the community when gunmen opened fire from a passing motor vehicle. Tabby Diamond was pronounced dead at hospital.

In a release, Grange said the sole surviving member of the Mighty Diamonds, Lloyd 'Judge' Ferguson is expected to lead a musical tribute to his slain colleague at the service on Friday. Tributes are also set to come from Bongo Herman; Dr Carlene Davis; Dean Fraser; Duane Stephenson; and Leroy Sibblies, along with members of the Shaw family.

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