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Anthony Cruz Devastated Over Daughter’s Murder Reggae Singer Rush To Florida

Man who killed Anthony Cruz daughter sent texts to relatives, friends and told them of the murder; Jamaican man in custody

Anthony Cruz is taking his daughter’s murder very hard. A rep for the reggae singer said  that he has been out of it since getting the news on Monday.

The gruesome murder took place on Monday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 15-year-old Shanice Smith and her mother were shot to death inside their home which resulted in a lengthy police standoff with the accused killer 32-year-old man, Kevin Nelson, who is currently behind bars awaiting trial. 

“Anthony was not in Florida at the time of the murder, but flew there this week to get more answers,” his rep told DHH. “He is devastated and his family is devastated. This is hard because Shanice is his only daughter and they had a very close bond. You simply can’t imagine what’s going through his mind right now.”

The singer’s rep also told DHH that he will be making a statement sometime soon and is asking for privacy as he continues to grieve. “I can’t believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft.lauderdale,” Anthony Cruz said in a short statement on Facebook earlier this week. 

Kevin Nelson 911 call has since been released and you can hear him telling the dispatcher that he is the person with the gun and he shot and killed Karen Lyle and Shanice Smith. The murder reportedly took place on Friday, but the 911 call didn’t come in until Monday.

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Reggae Star Anthony Cruz Baby Mama & Daughter Murdered In Florida

Fifteen-year-old Shanice Smith, daughter of entertainer Anthony Cruz, was found dead in Sunrise, Florida on Monday..

WHEN 32-year-old Jamaican Kevin Nelson told his sister, Janice Smith, that he had shot his spouse and her 15-year-old daughter to death last Friday, she was relieved when he said he was joking.

However, on Monday, Nelson made an about-turn when he phoned the Sunrise Police Department in Florida and allegedly confessed to killing Karen Lyle and Shanice Smith. Shanice is the daughter of Jamaican entertainer Anthony Cruz, whose real name is Rowan Smith.

Yesterday, a post on the entertainer’s

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Facebook page said that he is now “mourning the loss” of his daughter and her mom, and that previously scheduled performances had been cancelled.


“I can’t believe they kill my one and only daughter, feeling heartbroken...” Cruz posted along with a photo of the teen.

A police report obtained by the Jamaica Observer stated that Nelson, a naturalised United States citizen, called 911 at approximately 11:16 am two days ago informing them of his address and that “shots were just fired”. He also allegedly told the police that he was “the person with the gun and there are two people dead”.

Nelson also reportedly told police, who had arrived at his two-storey town-house along with a Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) officer, that he was afraid of getting hurt, that he had hurt people, and that he was a failure.

“I am going to prison forever,” he reportedly said during a five-hour-long negotiation with the CNU team.

Nelson subsequently surrendered after agreeing to place his semi-automatic handgun at the top of the stairs.

The police report said a search of the house resulted in the discovery of Lyle’s body in the master bedroom with a bullet wound to the head, and Shanice’s body at the top landing of the stairs with a bullet wound to the cheek. Both bodies were covered up to the necks with blankets.

Nelson, the report stated, had gone to his sister’s house with his eight-year-old son last Friday night and told her that he had got into an argument with Lyle and that he had killed her. 

“Janice asked the defendant if he was kidding with her, with the defendant replying in the affirmative,” the report said, adding that Nelson left his son “in Janice’s care and left the residence”.

According to the police report, one of Nelson’s neighbours stated that he had in fact heard what he believed to be several gunshots about 7:30 pm on Friday.

The report also stated that Nelson spoke with Lyle’s brother, Kenroy Walker, whom he texted: “Shanice, Karen and me are dead. The cops [are] here and the news crew.”

The report also said Nelson texted Lyle’s friend, accusing her of cheating on him, lying to him, talking down to him, and embarrassing him on a regular basis. He also accused Lyle of cheating with her ex-husband.

“I’m sorry for everything,” he later texted. The friend is said to have called Nelson and was allegedly told, “I am sorry for everything. I shot her.” Asked about Shanice, he reportedly said: “I shot her too.”

Nelson later told police while in custody at the Broward Sheriff’s Office main jail, “I am in trouble. There are two dead people in there. I can’t explain this. No matter what I say it doesn’t matter, the facts are still there.”

He was subsequently charged with two counts of premeditated murder

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Reggae star Anthony Cruz is in mourning on Valentine’s Day after his baby mama and daughter were murdered at their Florida home.

News of the gruesome act broke on Monday with a police standoff in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A 32-year-old man, Kevin Nelson, had barricaded himself inside a home that was surrounded by police. At that time he had already shot and killed 15-year-old Shanice Smith and her mother. The teen turns out to be the daughter of the reggae singer.

Anthony Cruz confirmed the news on his Facebook page writing, “I can’t believe they kill my one and only daughter in ft.lauderdale.”


The Broward County medical examiner revealed that the two female victims have been dead for at least 24 hours. Nelson is not yet charged with a crime but he is currently in police custody after turning himself in following the standoff.

Anthony Cruz is best known for singles such as “Half Way Tree,” “Only The Father,” “My Love,” and “Mother and Daughter.”

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Comment by Wayne Bacchus on February 18, 2017 at 6:54am
My condolences to Anthony Cruz . I am so upset that this evil bastard did this!!! Some People are very selfish
Comment by Layla on February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm
A lot of people have mental health issues, even when they seemed to be functioning normally, and another thing, if a man or woman threatens their spouse life because of jealousy, please don't try to make things right with that person, because that is a sick individual, just leave, and make sure if one has any communication with that individual because they might share assets or children make sure you have the law to mediate.
Comment by Anthony on February 15, 2017 at 11:03pm
So sorry for the loss, a true tragedy. How come there is no photo of the killer? and what were the motives behind the killing??? This story feels incomplete, but nevertheless Thanks for posting.
Comment by lion king on February 15, 2017 at 7:01pm
R.i.p
Comment by Mr. Johnson on February 15, 2017 at 5:51pm
R. I. P.
Comment by Administrator J on February 15, 2017 at 3:52pm

Wow RIP

Comment by Sando Warrior on February 15, 2017 at 2:19pm

Very sad. Condolences to Anthony Cruz and family.

Comment by Alexis ellis on February 15, 2017 at 1:45pm

This is so crazy, sorry for your loss may they both RIP

Comment by maggie gillespie on February 15, 2017 at 1:06pm

My Condolence to  you Anthony Cruz on the loss of your family--May they Rest In Peace.....

Comment by The Future on February 15, 2017 at 1:02pm
Wow, RIP fam, that's crazy.

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