A lover’s quarrel turned deadly early Saturday when a reggae musician and his apparent mistress were gunned down in the parking lot of a Bronx hotel.

Cops responding to a call of shots fired outside the Holiday Motel, located on a service road of the New England Thruway in the Eastchester section of the Bronx, found Wayne Hamilton, 50, and Tracy Bennett, 38, dead at the scene.

The NYPD later identified the suspect as 42-year-old Joseph Kernizan, who is reportedly Bennett’s ex-boyfriend.

Hamilton, a Milwaukee reggae musician who performed under the stage name Captain Barkey, had arrived in the city that night, according to the New York Post.


He and Bennett soon checked in to the Holiday Motel. But Kernizan was allegedly waiting for them in the parking lot when they emerged at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

Kernizan turned his gun on Bennett, who was begging for her life, after shooting a fleeing Hamilton, witnesses told the Post.

“Please, no!” Bennett reportedly cried.

Though Hamilton was married with kids in Milwaukee, he had been dating Long Island resident Bennett for about two years, another musician told the Post.