This is not the first time an attempt was made on his life. It was back in 2009 when gun men shot at him in Molineux while heading back to Basseterre from a jam session. They failed however, and instead the shots hit Benji’s girlfriend who died from her wounds.
After losing his partner, Icilma Francis known, as ‘Micey’ or ‘Rasheema,’ Benji cried out during a media interview then, “Me wife is me sister, she’s me rock, me strength…we’re inseparable. I don’t go nowhere lef’ her! She’s me sister, me mudduh, me sister, me daughter, everything to me! So they really, really take me joy from me. It’s just the Most High going deal with this matter.”
Ras Benji himself was only shot in his arm then in 2009 and was hospitalized for a short period.
In the past Ras Benji worked in the Department of Environment, served as a teacher and at one time made his contribution as an executive member of the Haynes Smith Youth Club. He was also, in his early years, a scout leader and popular DJ.