Police were called to Bogue hill to St James in Jamaica at 11:45am on 2nd January 2022
The victim, Sean Patterson, 33, from Notting Hill, who was a personal trainer was found dead.
He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his head and upper body at the One Love villa where he was staying around midday on Monday.
The Air Bnb advert for the property reads “One Love Getaway sits loftily on a hill overlooking the beautiful tourist town of Montego Bay. Come and be stunned by the panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea while being enchanted by the luscious green greenery that surrounds the property.”
It was also noted that there was a shared Backyard Pool.
His sister Sarah Wright wrote on social media on Wednesday: “Well that’s one way to start the new year, finding out your baby brother has been murdered in Jamaica. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement.
“You’ll get justice ikkle (little) bro.”
Mr Patterson was standing by a pool at the popular guest house when he was approached by a suspect who pulled out a handgun, pursued him a short distance and then opened fire.
Witnesses heard “loud explosions”, Jamaica Constabulary Force said. The victim was transported to Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay but was unable to be revived.
A 34-year-old man, from Kingston, has been taken into custody.
It is reported he had been deported from the United Kingdom in 2013.
According to the Jamaica Star, Mr Patterson arrived on the Caribbean island on December 29. He is said to have spent three days at a popular apartment complex in Freeport, before booking in at the One Love villa. A close friend told the newspaper, the deceased and a friend attended an event on the north coast of the island on Sunday and later met up with the suspect.
The three of them reportedly travelled to Montego Bay.
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesman confirmed they were currently “supporting the family of a British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with the local authorities”.
Jamaica has the second highest homicide rate per capita in the world, behind El Salvador.
Around 1,498 were killed last year, 24 more than in 2021, out of a total population of 2.8 million, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
St James, where Mr Patterson died, was its most violent district with 198 murders.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently declared a widespread state of emergency in response to a surge in gang violence.
The state of emergency applies to specific communities in the capital of Kingston, along with six of the country’s 14 parishes, including popular tourist spots like Montego Bay.