Dexter “3D” Pottinger, a Jamaican LGBT activist, model, and fashion designer was found stabbed to death inside his home on Thursday evening.
Police say they have apprehended a suspect. Police sources told Loop News that the suspect is a male in his 20s and was held late Friday.
“The suspect is in custody at this time and is to be questioned,” police sources said.
Neighbors of Pottinger said they heard a man screaming for help around 4.30 am on Wednesday, but noone called emergency services.
Many people took to social media to pay tribute to the designer who was an active member in the LGBT community of Jamaica.
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange said: “I consider Dexter to have been an exceptional artist, his designs were works of art. Dexter styled many of our popular entertainers and helped to set the style trend in dancehall. His music videos were also epic. We have lost a really talented Jamaican.”
Dancehall artist Cecile, a close friend of Dexter’s, expressed: “Dexter was just somebody that was there for everyone. He was always there for all his friends, he was bubbly, a warm personality. If you had a bad day, he would come and say how beautiful you are.”
“I would always joke that if a lot of men knew how to treat women the way he did, they would get away with anything. It just hit me that he is truly gone. He was a wonderful person.”
Things are tough for the LGBT community in Jamaica. Really, really tough. The island that Time famously called “The Most Homophobic Country On Earth” is making very small strides into acceptance – Jamaica had its first-ever Pride festival in 2015 – but huge percentages of Jamaica’s LGBT population are homeless, HIV-positive, and living in fear. Homophobic hate crimes are all too common.
Jamaica has the highest HIV rate among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the western hemisphere.
Jamaica is just one of nine Caribbean island nations with anti-sodomy laws still on the books.