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18-year-old charged in murder of Ottawa artist Jahiant Jahh

18-year-old charged in murder of Jahiant Jahh
Jahiant Jahh (left) with his group HalfSizeGiants (Photo: Instagram)

Ottawa Police have charged an 18-year-old man with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of HalfSizeGiants artist, Jahiant Jahh (aka Markland Anthony Campbell).

The accused appeared via video link in a courtroom Sunday morning, a day after detectives arrested him and charged him for Friday night’s attack in the ByWard Market. Musselman was ordered not to contact a list of names, and learned that his next court appearance would be Thursday, June 13. He remains in custody and police have indicated that they are not looking for any other suspects.

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Jahiant, a 42-year-old Jamaican-native and father of four, was attacked after he had rushed to the Market to protect his teenage daughter who was being harassed by a group of men. Police say he was shot around 9:30 p.m. and passed away during surgery in the hospital.

“He was rushing to defend his 18-year-old daughter’s dignity after she called to say she was being assaulted by a couple of men,” explained Ironic of HSG to the Ottawa Citizen.

“The brazen shooting happened as families and friends packed ByWard Market restaurants, many of them to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors. Staff at some restaurants near George Street and ByWard Market Square said customers on the patios rushed inside after gunfire sounded near the beginning of the basketball game.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Roughly an hour before the fatal shooting, Jahiant had conducted an interview with DJ Daddy Rich on CHUO’s Freestyle show where he discussed his group’s new single with Danny Fernandes, and their new album, Life Moves Fast. The project had was released last Friday, May 31 and promotions were just starting to ramp up. They had originally announced the project back in January after a 15-year hiatus as a group. Along with the announcement, they kicked off the promotional campaign by launching the project’s title track and first single, “Life Moves Fast.”

 
Jahiant Jahh of HalfSizeGiants killed in Ottawa just days after release of new album

DJ Daddy Rich & Jahiant Jahh at CHUO roughly an hour before the shooting (Photo: Parujee Elise Akarasewi/CHUO)

“Ironically, that was our signal to jump back in the game, with ‘Life Moves Fast,’ and look where we are right now. And now the press rollout is starting with an obituary,” Ironic said in an interview with Jon Willing of the Ottawa Citizen.

Not long before being attacked, Jahiant had been informed that the HalfSizeGiants were going to be included in a promotional campaign that would boost their radio presence significantly, and get more eyes on their new project.

 
18-year-old charged in murder of Jahiant Jahh

Jahiant Jahh of HalfSizeGiants (Photo: Facebook)

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