But this lurid story doesn't stop there.
Kernizan's self-snuffing occurred in the midst of a police hunt following accusations that the promoter committed double homicide... In the name of love.
And the plot thickens when you learn the whole grizzly affair may have very well been predicted by a 2010 single released by one of Kernizan's alleged victims.
The U.S. Marshals' fugitive taskforce followed Kernizan's trail from New York to a two-story apartment building on Northwest 157th Street and Second Avenue, near the Golden Glades interchange, said Barry Golden, a spokesman with the Marshals Service. Police feared he was preparing to flee to his native Haiti.
At one point, investigators saw Kernizan stick his head out of a ground-floor apartment window, Golden said. He then attempted to run out a back door, but when he saw police officers he shut the door and locked it, Golden said.
Minutes later, a man who had been inside the apartment with Kernizan came out, and police heard three shots.
"When we went in, he was dead" on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Golden said. Police say they found three handguns and two loaded AK-47 assault rifles at the scene.
Some reggae fans have pointed to Barkey's own 2010 single "Nah Lef Joe," in which the vocalist bemoans a life ruined by infidelity, as foreshadowing for the grizzly murders.
"She tell me she nah lef Joe," Barkey sang in a heavy patois. And apparently, "Joe" came calling.