An angry mob stoned a young, allegedly gay man to death in Jamaica and filmed themselves hurling rocks at his head.
The video of the murder of the alleged gay youth, believed to be aged around 19 to 21, has gone viral on social media after being posted last week.
It shows the young man dressed effeminately with long hair, appearing to be tied up in ropes or wire, laying in a pool of his own blood. A large stone is thrown at the boy’s head, blood gushes out.
It’s not clear whether he is still alive or conscious as the rocks break his skull.
You can hear homophobic slurs, clearly said with a Jamaican accent, yelling: ‘Batty man yuh fi dead!’ This means, ‘Gay, you should die’.
The identity of the murdered youth and many of the other details of the stoning are still unknown. Some have reported the victim was gay and had visited underground gay venues in Kingston.
GSN has seen the video but has decided it is too horrific to embed on our site. You can view it here.
Unconfirmed social media reports suggest the youth was stoned in Montego Bay and it is believed to have happened in the last few weeks.
This is the same parish where gender non-conforming teen Dwayne Jones was murdered in 2013. Jones was chopped and stabbed to death by a mob. No one was ever charged with the murder.
Dwayne Brown, a Jamaican gay rights activist currently living in New York City, said attacks like this are not unheard of. What’s worse, he says, is that anti-LGBTI attackers can brutally murder someone and not even get caught.
Brown asked GSN to publish this article despite so many of the details not being known in order to highlight the situation in Jamaica.
Speaking to Gay Star News, he said: ‘It’s time for persecution of LGBTI persons to end. The silence of our government, the silence of our politicians, the silence of our community allows this type of behavior to continue.
‘Until the silence is broken, people will continue to die as a result of anti-gay attacks. People need to rise up and call for a full investigation into this video.
‘We must have conclusive evidence, who is this person? The fact that someone can be beaten to death by several people, and nothing happens because of it, that’s disgusting. It’s nothing new, but it needs to change.’