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Domz was a humble soul, says childhood friend

Popular photographer shot several times through pillow in shocking murder

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter
Dominic ‘Domz’ Davis.
Dominic ‘Domz’ Davis.
Dominic 'Domz' Davis
Dominic 'Domz' Davis

A childhood friend of Dominic ‘Domz’ Davis has been left distraught at the murder of the popular photographer she grew up with, constantly sharing dreams and encouraging words as they blossomed into young professionals.

Davis, CEO of DomzMedia, was shot dead at his home on Marverley Avenue, located off Molynes Road in St Andrew, about 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

Reports from the police are that Davis was at home with another man when gunshots rang out. The men were rushed to hospital, where Davis was pronounced dead and the other man admitted.

Television producer Yanique Jones told The Gleaner that she was shaken by the news after a mutual friend contacted her from Canada, telling her to stop whatever she was doing and check her messages.

She was not prepared to learn that Davis, with whom she had been friends since high school, had been killed, and she instantly broke down in tears, crumbling in a state of disbelief.

“I said this can’t be real. It hit me,” Jones said.

“I will have to readjust and know that in everything that I am doing, it’s gonna be for him. A life is lost, and whatever five minutes I remember of you is what I would use … ,” she said of the Jamaica College old boy as she fondly recalled days they would sit and talk about their goals.

“He was this type of person to me and others like Krystal Tomlinson and Emprezz Golding, who was our mentor,” Jones added, noting that Davis, the father of a baby girl, was everything one could ask for in a friend.

“Domz is such a humble soul. He is hard-working, talented, and willing to learn,” she said, noting that Davis was a promising young man with a strong passion for his craft and was making strides in the profession.

“There are absolutely no words to describe somebody who is just ... ,” she said, her voice trailing off with a deep sigh, “someone you could always count on whenever you needed anything done.”

Jones said that she will not allow assertions on social media to taint the memory of her friend.

“Whatever people are saying, it doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that a child is going to be without a father and, of course, a father is going to have to bury his son. That is what bothers me,” Jones told The Gleaner.

News of Davis’ death triggered shockwaves on social media, with many popular personalities and artistes, including Tomlinson, Chronic Law, and Dutty Berry, taking to their social media platforms to express sadness.

The St Andrew Central police are probing the deadly shooting.

A senior officer close to the probe told The Gleaner that a motive has not been established .

“The other [injured] man was shot in the shoulder when he allegedly opened the door. It appears that Dominic was the target. He was killed in a room. A pillow was found over his head. The killers shot him several times through a pillow,” said an investigator.

The police are asking persons with information that might assist in solving the murder to call the Half-Way Tree police at 876-926-8184-5 or the nearest police station.

In the first half of this year, the St Andrew Central Police Division recorded 36 murders – or eight per cent fewer than the 39 homicides over the corresponding period last year.