Man killed in fight

| 10/03/2009

(CNS): UPDATED : Although the RCIPS has yet to officially confirm the identity of the 42-year-old man who was killed last night following a fight at a house in Savannah, CNS understands that the victim, who was stabbed, was local radio personality Sherman Bodden (DJ "Jazzy B”) who worked at Vibe 98.9 FM. A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said that the 911 Emergency Communications Centre received a call from a woman residing in Prince Link, Savannah at around 10:45 pm on Monday night, 9 March reporting that two men were having a fight at the house.

Police and medics responded to the scene and found that the 42-year-old victim had sustained a number of serious injuries. The victim was taken to hospital but was unfortunately pronounced dead. It has since been revealed that the injuries are apparently stab wounds.

Police said a post mortem will be carried out and a Family Liaison Officer has been assigned to the relatives of the victim. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has stated that it cannot identify the victim officially until the post mortem is complete.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Kennett who has strategic oversight of the investigation offered condolences to the relatives of the victim adding,.”“It would appear that this is an isolated incident and that these two men were known to each other.”

Anyone with information about the crime is asked contact to Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Kim Evans on 949-4222. Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Heart Broken says:

    My dearest Sherman,

    You’ve been on my mind much today, more than normal.  I received some photos of  you today from a friend of mine, you were at  your class reunion last year. Oh, how you were having such a great time, full of life and energy like always.

    I spent sometime by your grave two Saturdays ago, just before Father’s Day, I laid a bouquet of flowers for you and talked for a while.   Even though I know that , that is the last place you body was placed I always seem to find more comfort, more at ease and much much closer to you at the place I last saw you, you know where that is my love.  I’m at that spot not only everyday but more than once a day, how can I not feel the close connection. That is our ‘spot’.

    This weekend the Cayman Islands Music Association are hosting a 3-day event with Third World and the likes, I heard Shawn mention a few weeks ago that they would be honoring you and have something in your memory.  I have been preparing myself for weeks to attend, but I’m still not ready, not with the crowd anyway, if it was an event on a much smaller scale, I would have ventured out to partake in the celebration but no, not yet, still early days for me.

    I also read in the papers this week that the man accused of your murder has pled not gulity, now can you believe that when all the evidence is there, the trial is expected to commence September 21 and I hope and pray jusctice prevails.

    I miss you baby, I miss you so much, life cannot ever be the same for me.





  2. Heart Broken says:

    My dearest Sherman,

    The elections are now over, I know that you were a big UDP supporter so you would have been elated with their victory.  I recall you and I having a conversation about three nights before you past and you said to me "I am UDP and you are PPM but our differences will never come between us". I always remember that, even more so recently with the elections upon us.  I kept thinking during the campaigns how we would have juggled attending the various parties meetings and so forth,but I’m sure we would have worked it out somehow without upsetting one another 🙂

    I miss you dearly Sherman, I do so very much, it’s not one day that goes by that I don’t think of you, I get up in the morning and I look around and I say hi to you.  You’ve left a void in my life that no one will ever be able to fill again.   

    Thinking and missing you like crazy.




  3. Heart Broken says:

    My dearest, my love, my one and only Sherman,

    You are never far from my thoughts, you are constantly there for that matter.  Oh! how I miss you so.  This past weekend was Batabano and I could not  bring myself to go, you talked about this event so much and you were so looking forward to performing at this event, so it wouldn’t feel right being there without you my dearest and alot of emotions would have taken the better part of me.

    My precious love, I know what I meant to you, but so you know, I felt and still feel the same as you didy, I was to give you an answer but did not get the chance to tell you how I really felt about you and us but I believe you had a good idea, based on the attention I gave to you and time spent with one another.

    I miss you so much my dearest.



  4. Anonymous says:

    My dearest,

    I had to write another before I go to bed tonight, my love.  Guess what, I am down with the flu AGAIN, i recall the last time I had one, which was just a few days before you past, you went out and got me a pack of Halls and I found them in my car just this morning, exactly where you left them.  I also recall that you were not feeling too well yourself  we both ate Halls and talked until 2am Sunday morning.  The Halls were left in my car since that Saturday night, well I ate the rest of them today and could not stop thinking of you.  I have saved the wrapper for my scrap book 🙂

    Thank you for making me so happy!


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hello my dearest,

    For some reason I continue to use this forum to communicate to you, I miss you so. The Easter holidays are here and I can’t help but to wonder about our plans we would have made for the occasion.  Tomorrow is Good Friday, I plan to rise early and go visit you at the grave, sit, talk with for a while and let you know how much I miss you.  I am so looking forward to it.  I feel so lonely without, I know my life will never be the same again, for many reasons, but most of all, because I miss my life with you and I cannot envisage my life without you Sherman, you will forever be with me.

    Love always,

  6. Anonymous says:

    My Sherman,

    Oh! how I miss you so, so very much.  I feel so saddened and depressed and you are the only one that can make me feel better, yet you are not here.  They say things should become easier soon but I’ve yet to feel that way, it’s still early days though.  I hope you are at peace with yourself up there in heaven, I know you are watching over us from up there, with the help of god please continue to give me strength. Yesterday, I visited the Botanic Park and as I walked through the trail, I could not help but to think that you would have been right there with me if the situation was otherwise.  You were so outgoing Sherman , that complimented our relationship so as you always found a way to get me out from the office and away from meetings, and I always enjoyed our time spent.




  7. Anonymous says:

    My love, my one and only Sherman, you will be with me for the rest of my life because you were my life, how can I go on, how can I move on, but I will have to find a way because you would want me to go on with my life, but it won’t be today, it won’t be tomorrow, it won’t be next week, I trust when  the time is right, I will but not now.  I have to stay strong so that I can say goodbye to you at your funeral and to also see the man that did this to you brought to justice. I’m just here sitting and thinking, what would Sherman and I be doing right now? Where would we be?  It so hard my love, so very hard, but I know you are watching over me as I write this and know that you will continue to guide me through this.  I MISS YOU AND I LOVE YOU SHERMAN.  I HAVE TO MAKE YOUR TRAGEDY INTO SOMETHING MEMORABLE, MEMORABLE WITH THINGS WE DID, PLACES WE WENT AND OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.






  8. Emma says:

    God has taken you away from me….But your memories are mine forever. Words can never express what I felt for you. I know it will be a hard road from here..But I also know at the end of this earthly journey. YOU will be there to welcome me home. For now God needs you beside him. I have always thought of heaven as this beautiful place with wonderful music and the best of everything..I know now they have one of the worlds greatest dejays, friends, brothers, uncles, sons, father and much more, all in you darling…RIP Jazzy…You will always be alive in my heart…..and in the heart of many others…."I LOVE YOU SHERMAN"

  9. Benjie Turner says:

    I just got an email from a friend who broke the sad news about the untimely death of Shermie, as DJ Jazzy B was known to us back in the early 80’s. Words cannot express the shock and now sadness that this incomprehensible tragedy has left me with. Shermie was a few years older than I and another mutual friend. As teenagers, he was our mentor if you will, he helped to guide us through those turbulent years. Saying that Shermie was a generous person would be an understatement.  I will always remember the times spent. I wish I could turn back the hands of time and make this all go away. RIP my brother.

  10. Anonymous says:

    For those who knew Sherman, can truly say he was a gentleman in his own unique way. He possessed qualities that were rare, and anyone who met "Jazzy" warmed up to him as he had such a great personality.  He always spoke his mind and wasn’t afraid of anyone.

    Sherman always had a smile and a hug for those he came in contact with, and if something was bothering you – you were asked in a kind-hearted way – ‘wah your problem is now"?  

    He was like a brother to me, having grown up together back in the good old days of 70-80’s right on Nth Sound Road (Red Gate).  He always looked out for us "girls" (his younger sister included) to make sure no one interferred with us coming home from school.

    "Bro" your tragic passing has left a void in our hearts, and you will be greatly missed.  To his Mother (Ms. D), his siblings, other relatives and friends, may his loving soul – REST IN PEACE.


  11. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the unexpected and tragic passing of Sherman. I have know Sherman for over 15 years and he was such a fun loving, good spirited guy who always knew how to put a smile on your face, wether through his music or with his jokes! He was such a joker! He’d say the funniest things and have me in stitches at times! I LOVED listening to him play on the radio! Especially  in the evenings when he’d play the oldies but goodies! I can hear his voice now…talking about one of the sponsors of one of his shows….talking about "Pots, pans and every ting else!":)….it’s just the way he’d say things…he made everything sound so funny and I just loved to listen to him talk and play music because I know I was going to leave feeling good inside! He had a way of always lifting my spirits and brightening my day through his music and his words….

    I miss him dearly….May God bless his soul and let him rest in peace!

    You are truly missed by many Sherman!:(

  12. Kelly & Bet says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the late Sherman Ebanhs a.k.a to us as DJ Jazzy B. You are sadly missed by all, and you had played the most favourite and precious songs of all time during your time on vibes. We will miss u Jazzy and your jokes and songs on vibes.



  13. mdu says:

    You will be missed buddy..will miss seeing you and talking to you at our old watering hole…..Loved his show..brought back the good ole dayz…..always will remember him playing Sparrow especially on a  Sunday afternoon…My condolances to all his family, friends and acquaintences..may his soul rest in peace…LOVE

  14. Anonymous says:

    Another Caymanian loses his life Jazzy B Rest in Peace bro

  15. Anonymous says:

    Rest In Peace, My condolences goes out to the Vibe Family and his family and friends. We have lost a friend, brother, son uncle, cousin, nephew, grandson and especially a father. May God be with his entire family.


    I will miss hearing his shows now, Vibe do me a favour and continue to play his favourite songs morning, noon and night.


  16. Edgar Delaware says:

    Sherman was my friend and will be sadly missed.  My condolences to his family .

  17. Anonymous says:

    Words can’t explain the feeling… Jazzy is one of  only 2 personalities that i get the chance to listen on Vybes. The other being Deon Mattis.

    I listened his show yesterday from after the evening’s news was completed until the end. Little did i know the devil would have made it the last and rob us all of the opportunity to have him forever but God knows why he allowed it that way.

    All i can say is that he was by Faaaaarrrrrrr the best DJ on Vybes98 straight !!!!. He plays with maturity and always maintained a good vybe.

    God needed an angel still…


  18. Anonymous says:

    my favourite dj,gone but not forgotten,i stop listen about 9.30 lastnight hoping to catch up today but eh eh that was the last time alive.R.I.P jazzy

  19. A Braca says:

    Rest In Peace Jazzy… You and your music will surely be missed!

  20. A friend says:

    May Jazzy B rest in peace…

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wow, sad… i hear it was jealousy that caused the fight, thus being a crime of passion.  Really sad.  My condolonces to all of his family, special friend and friends, May God keep you and comfort your heart in this painful tragic loss.  And condolences to all family and friends ofthe one who will probably have to go and serve time in prison, that is a tragic painful situation as well, and it’s just as well could have been the opposite where he was dead and the other face prison. 

    It’s never worth it, but sometimes the heart explodes in anger and jealousy over a partner.  It’s just never worth anyone’s life to take it to the extreme like this.  Please people who need to learn from this, please learn from this, learn to just walk away!!!  What is it worth to end up like this either dead or imprisoned???

  22. Jenny Rivers says:

    I could not believe it when I heard the news this morning that another one of our class of 1983 fellow classmates was gone.  We will surely miss you Jazzy ‘B’ you were always the life of the party.  Can’t believe that our 25th reunion in November would have been the last reunion that I would see you at.  My condolescences to all my fellow classmate and to all his family and other friends.  R.I.P. Jazzy ‘B’ old buddy.  We the class of 1983 will surely miss you.

  23. Anonymous says:

    RIP Jazzy B aka Sherman A. Bodden.. So dishearting , My condolences to your family, (Vibe Family)  and friends.

  24. noname says:

    So Sad, he was a very talented young Caymanian. 

    He will be surely missed.

    My Condolences goes out to the family.


  25. Anonymous says:

    This is a very sad day for me personally! I will MISS my friend dearly! I will miss listening to his shows! Miss his jokes and the GREAT music he played! He was the BEST at what he did! And he made me laugh so much when I’d listen to him….I didn’t listen last night and now I’m so sorry I didn’t because I’ll NEVER get that chance again!:( I listened to him last week when he was filing in for the morning show and I was in such a pumped up and good mood by the time I got to work…that I tried to call him to tell him what a good mood he’d put me in on the way to work that morning…but I got caught up with work and I never did get ahold of him….Now I’ll never have that chance again!:( I have a song he was playing that morning recorded on my cell phone…everytime I listen to that song…I’ll remember him:(

    God bless everyone who is mourning the loss of a great friend today!:( I know I’m sure missing him alot:(

  26. Anonymous says:

    How very sad for everyone involved. When will people start to realise that fights with weapons will not and never can work out? Do not carry knives, guns or anything else. I hope that the police can start to see this problem, it needs to be known that punishment for carrying a weapon is severe, jail time should apply to anyone caught carrying a weapon.

    My sincere condolences to the families involved.

  27. Bracker says:

    R.I.P. Jazzy……..I know there’s music up in heaven today. You’ll be sadly missed. Condolences to the family from everyone in the Brac.