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Cookshop operator killed in downtown Kingston

Published:Sunday | October 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Police personnel on the scene where 48-year-old Stenneth Smith was killed in downtown Kingston yesterday.-Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Andrew Harris, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Stenneth Smith's weekly trek to downtown Kingston for supplies ended in tragedy yesterday after he was fatally shot by a gunman.

Reports are that the 48-year-old father of six was doing his usual Saturday morning shopping for a cookshop he operates in the Corporate Area when he was approached by two men who robbed him of money and his cellular phone before shooting him in the head.

For hours, Smith's lifeless body remained on Heywood Street metres from a wholesale where he had made his last purchase.

As market vendors and shoppers looked on in disbelief, Smith's brother, Uriel Walker, expressed shock at his death.

According to Walker, his brother returned to Jamaica one year ago and decided to open a cookshop. "Because he was always that way, trying to do his own thing. My mother barely heard the news and the rest of the family, but she is not so hearty and I can't really tell her what happened," said Walker.

As police personnel processed the crime scene, there was a noticeable increase in the presence of the cops on the streets of the market district for most of the morning.