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According to the late Dancehall deejay’s family, the much-discussed mural that was painted over Merciless’ burial site and depicted the Sting fight in 2000 in which he squared off against Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, and Ninjaman has been taken down.
Last month, Beenie and Bounty were attacked by Merciless’ manager Harvel ‘Gadafi’ Hart, selector Ricky Trooper, and other people for skipping the funeral of the 51-year-old entertainer (Leonard Bartley), who was born in Clarendon.
This week, Merciless’ niece, British, disclosed that the mural was the painter’s idea rather than the family’s, in an interview with IRIE FM. The family decided it would be best to remove the pictures in light of the subsequent criticism.
“The painter who was painting the grave, he drew the pictures he chose. It wasn’t something that the family members knew about, that that was going to be a part of what he was going to paint. He painted pictures that he wanted to paint,” she said.
Bounty had at first responded to the criticism by stating that the “disrespectful” mural was the cause of his absence at the burial. At Sting, Bounty claimed that rather than honoring his life, “people were rejoicing” the deejay’s triumph over him and Beenie Man.
Bounty Killer furthered his defense of his absence by stating that he and the late veteran DJ were not friends and that he owed Merciless and his family nothing more than sympathy during an interview on Grand Cayman’s Hot 104.1 FM a week ago.
Written by: Bettie Bee