Tyler Perry has taken a significant step to seek justice for the suspected targeted murder of Josiah “Jonty” Robinson in Grenada by offering a $100,000 reward for information about the tragic incident.
The 53-year-old actor and filmmaker used his Instagram page to call for assistance in the case, revealing that Robinson, a 24-year-old openly gay singer-songwriter who performed as Jonty Dream, was brutally killed due to his sexuality.
This tragic event hit close to home for Perry, as Robinson was a dear friend of Yvette Noel-Schure, and the grief-stricken news deeply affected them both.
Sharing heartfelt memories, Perry posted photos of Robinson dancing on the beach at sunset and images from his funeral, where a touching tribute of a rainbow flag adorned his grave.
He expressed immense sorrow over the loss of such a young and talented individual, drawing comparisons to other victims of prejudice-driven violence like Matthew Shepard. Perry also shared the pain of not knowing the truth about the death of his own 25-year-old nephew, which has left a lasting void in his family.
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In partnership with Yvette Noel-Schure, Perry announced the $100,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the conviction of Josiah “Jonty” Robinson’s murderer. He earnestly requested prayers for Robinson’s grieving mother, Yvette, and all who loved him, while urging compassion for other families affected by senseless violence.
The contact information for the Criminal Investigation Division in Grenada was provided to encourage individuals with relevant information to come forward.
According to The New Today Grenada, Robinson’s lifeless body was discovered on BBC Beach in Morne Rouge, and evidence suggests he died from manual strangulation, as reported by Trinidad and Tobago pathologist Hubert Daisley.
The authorities believe he may have been thrown into the ocean after the heinous act, resulting in specific forensic findings.
Grenadian police initiated an investigation into the murder, questioning several individuals, including one who used to live with Robinson, but thus far, there have been no significant breakthroughs in the case.
The $100,000 reward offered by Tyler Perry and Yvette Noel-Schure aims to encourage cooperation from the public and potentially bring justice for the tragic loss of Josiah “Jonty” Robinson.