Reports reaching the Jamaica Forum for Lesbian, All-Sexuals and Gays indicate that on December 28, 2005 Nokia Cowen was chased by an angry mob through downtown Kingston because of a perception that he was gay.  In an attempt to flee this mob, the young man jumped into the Kingston harbor and perished because he could not swim.

JFLAG condemns the prevalence of incidents such as this and calls on the Jamaican police to fully investigate the death of Nokia Cowen. “Most importantly, we implore the highest members of government to clearly indicate that violence based on sexual orientation, both perceived and actual, is unacceptable in Jamaica,” J-FLAG spokesperson Karlene said.