A well-known fashion designer, model and stylist in Jamaica has been found murdered. Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger lived in the St Andrew area of Kingston. His body was found at his Yarico Place home on Thursday by police.
He had multiple stab wounds, according to Jamaica Gleaner. Neighbors say they hear a man screaming for help at around 4.30am on Wednesday, but police did not discover Pottinger’s body until Thursday night.
They told Jamaica Observer that he may have been dead for more than a day. Neighbors say that a television set was missing from Pottinger’s home. Pottinger appeared as a judge last year on the Jamaican TV show Make Me A Star on CVM TV. A friend of Pottinger has confirmed that he was gay but said he didn’t talk about it publicly for fear for his safety.
He said some of Pottinger’s friends fear that his sexual orientation may have played a role in his death. ‘ was a gay man that gave back to his country and did a lot to raise the profile of it, as well as help young people wanting to develop a career in fashion get on the road to doing so,’ said the friend, who wished to remain anonymous. Homophobia is widespread in Jamaica and LGBTI people face persecution and violence.
Human Rights Watch issued a comprehensive report in 2014 that found ‘LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear.’ Jamaica, population 2.8million, has also one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Between January and June 2017 there were an average of four murders a day. ‘He was the face of PRiDE Jamaica 2016’ Dozens of friends have left messages of shock and condolences on the designer’s social media pages. One described Pottinger as, ‘A confident humanitarian who believed in portraying an honest reflection of himself…. He believed in and loved his country and so stayed to demonstrate(protest) that we can be…no MUST BE !!! A better version of our selves, for this, he was unapologetic.’
Human rights campaigner and lawyer Maurice Tomlinson said in a Facebook posting, ‘The Pride community in Jamaica is trying to come to terms with the barbaric murder of one our fiercest fashonistas. He was the face of PRiDE Jamaica 2016. And now he’s strutting the rainbow catwalk. To all Dexter’s friends and family, thank you for sharing his light with us. May he rest in power and rise FABULOUSLY.’