Written by on March 15, 2017

Reggae singer Anthony Cruz is using the tragic death of his daughter to help fight domestic violence.

Last month Cruz’s 15-year-old daughter Shanice Smith and her mother Karen Lyle, were shot and killed by Lyle’s new husband Kevin Nelson.

Cruz had his daughter’s remains cremated and returned to Jamaica, and will hold a celebration of her life in St Andrew this Sunday, where he will also launch Project Shanice, an awareness campaign against domestic violence.

Cruz says he created Project Shanice as a platform to help abused women and children find assistance. His goal is to end the culture of secrecy that allows domestic violence to continue, and he is calling for fellow entertainers, musicians, and fans to support his initiative.

Cruz said that he saw his sisters and stepmother dealing with domestic violence, but never really understood what it was. Now, because of his daughter, he is more educated and conscious about the social ill and has committed to devoting his life to speaking out against it.

Anthony Cruz, born Rowan Smith, is most known for the songs “Half Way Tree” “Too Bloody”, and “Tear It Up”. He is the uncle of roots singers and brothers Garnet Silk (who died in 1995), and Aaron Silk.

Shanice Smith was Cruz’s only daughter. He also has 1 son.

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