Tyler Perry, the well-known actor and filmmaker, has taken a stand against the senseless violence and targeted murder of Josiah “Jonty” Robinson, a 24-year-old gay man from Grenada. In an emotional Instagram post, Perry shared his heartbreak over the tragic incident and called for the public’s help in finding the perpetrator.
Robinson, who was an openly gay singer-songwriter known by the stage name Jonty Dream, was a close friend of Yvette Noel-Schure, a dear friend of Tyler Perry. According to reports, Robinson was brutally killed in what appears to be a targeted attack due to his sexual orientation.
Perry began his post by expressing the devastating news he received from Yvette Noel-Schure, who hails from Grenada. He learned about the murder of a young man who was like a son to her. Perry’s soul ached as he learned that Robinson, a gifted and talented young singer, lost his life merely because he was gay.
This incident brought to Perry’s mind the pain and suffering experienced by other victims of hate crimes, such as Matthew Shepard, whose tragic death shook the nation. Perry questioned how such senseless acts of violence could still be happening in this day and age. He also mentioned his own family’s painful experience of not knowing the truth behind his nephew’s death, which left them with unanswered questions and overwhelming grief.
In a show of solidarity and determination to seek justice, Tyler Perry and Yvette Noel-Schure jointly offered a substantial $100,000 reward for any information that could lead to the conviction of the person responsible for Robinson’s murder. They implored the public to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrator to justice, providing the contact information for the Criminal Investigation Division in Grenada.
Robinson’s body was found on BBC Beach in Morne Rouge on a Sunday morning. Reports indicate that he died from manual strangulation, as confirmed by pathologist Hubert Daisley. It was suspected that his body was thrown into the ocean after the murder, leading to the release of blood from the mouth, nose, and ears due to natural decomposition processes.
As the investigation continues, Grenada police have questioned multiple individuals connected to the case, including someone who previously lived with Robinson. As of now, there have been no significant developments or breakthroughs reported in the case.
In closing, Tyler Perry urged everyone to pray for Robinson’s grieving mother, Yvette Noel-Schure, and all those who loved him. He expressed solidarity with families impacted by senseless violence, hoping that this reward would motivate someone to come forward with crucial information. Perry’s heartfelt plea serves as a reminder that everyone deserves to live without fear of violence or discrimination based on their sexual orientation, and that justice must be served for Jonty Robinson and countless others who have suffered due to hate-motivated crimes.