Reggae singer Colin Levy, who goes by the stage names Iley Dread or Chardavid, is today mourning with Reggae Empress Judy Mowatt, following the tragic death of her grandson, Shem Cole, whose father is the engineer for Damian “Jr Gong” Marley.
The 20-year-old University of the West Indies (UWI) student was killed in an accident along the airport road on Tuesday, September 11 and Sister Judy received the shattering news just as she was wrapping up a video shoot for a collaborative gospel single with Levy, who uses his Chardavid baptisimal moniker on these songs.
“It was really a great vibe with video director Ras Kassa and Ras Tingle and then just as they were wrapping up the last shoot in the hills, the police called with the shocking news,” Iley Dread said.
Stating that the song is entitled “Miracle”, the singer explained that the opening scene of the video shows Sister Judy receiving a painful phone call from her son, telling her that he is in a lot of trouble and doesn’t know what to do.
“And…then can you imagine that the shoot ends with a real life tragic phone call of this magnitude. Right now I am still processing it. If it hit me like this I can just imagine the family,” he said.
Shem Cole, a second year Economics major at UWI, has been described as a very promising student academically and he was also a great football player. His grandfather is Allan ‘Skill’ Cole. Shem was returning from vacation in the US on Tuesday. On arriving at the Norman Manley International AIrport in Kingston, he saw his grandmother’s next door neighbour and secured a ride home with her. Soon after, tragedy struck.
According to reports from the Harbour View police, at about 2:25 p.m. on Tuesday, young Cole was traveling westerly in a Toyota Corolla motor vehicle when the driver allegedly lost control of the motor vehicle, which then hit a median and flipped over to the other side of the roadway, where it was hit by a JUTC bus.
The occupants of the motor vehicle were taken to hospital where Cole was pronounced dead. Three others persons were admitted.
His friends have since taken to social media to express their shock and sadness.