41-year-old Dean Moriah (Tourist industry)
41-yeay-old Dean Moriah, an openly gay man and entertainment coordinator of Bogue Village, Montego Bay, Jamaica body was found with stabbed wounds, his house was set on fire with his body inside and his car was stolen ,about 4 O’clock this morning.
According to the Jamaica-Gleaner News paper citing the Western Bureau stated that “renowned Monetgo Bay hospitality worker, Dean Moriah was early this morning killed at Bogue Village home in Montego Bay, burnt by unknown assailants. The police say Moriah was stabbed several times before the house was set on fire with him inside. Moriah, who worked for several years as an entertainment manager with the SupperClubs group, last worked with Margaritaville Caribbean.”
Additionally, the Jamaica Observer reported that, “his Toyota Camry motor car was also stolen during the incident.”
In the same parish/location in Jamaica, on July 22, 2013 16-year-old Dwayne Jones, a transgender woman was mobbed, stabbed, beaten and shot after he attended a local party. His body was found early in the morning. Since the murder of Dwayne Jones, there has been a rise in mob attacks on gays in Jamaica. Dean worked in the Tourism industry in Jamaica for almost his entire life to welcome and entertain visitors/tourists. The country and it’s economy which he helps to build, killed him. Homophobia killed him! Hate killed him!
Based on the news report, unknown assailants (more that one person) stabbed Dean Moriah to death and set his house on fire with his body inside. It was alleged that Dean was killed because he was gay, due to the how the cruel act was carried out. This is barbaric and a moral obscenity. How many more gay men in Jamaica should be brutally murdered before Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller led government, stand up to the hate and murderous anti-gay culture and it’s people?
How can we continue to stand and ignore the atrocities meted against our brothers? How can we continue to encourage tourists to visit Jamaica, when gay workers and citizens are not safe there?
Dean Moriah is my dear FACEBOOK friend and it saddens me to know that his life was taken by a group of people or assailants. He is my brother. Friends, co-workers and family are finding it hard to come to terms with his brutal death. Injustice towards mankind or an individual, regardless of his or her sexuality, gender, creed or sex is injustice towards all. Joins as we cry out against the inhumane treatment of the forgotten gay and lesbians people in Jamaica as well as BOYCOTT Jamaica’s tourism to urge goverment to put an end to the violence towards gays and repeal its sodomy law.
We are tired of waiting! We are tired of being patient! Gay Jamaicans want their freedom and they want it now!