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Cops seek info on murder of Young Reggae Boyz doctor

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 10:00 AMJason Cross

The police are appealing to persons who were close to slain Young Reggae Boyz team doctor Dr Martin Garwood to come forward with information on any conflict he may have had with anyone prior to his death.

Garwood's body was found at his home on Kings Avenue in Barbican, St Andrew, yesterday morning, with several stab wounds. It is believed that his killer, or killers, may have been well known to Garwood.

Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay, who is in charge of the Constabulary Communication Unit, told The Gleaner yesterday evening that Garwood may have been killed by someone he knew well as police investigators did not discover any signs of forced entry to the premises.

"We don't have any eyewitnesses. We suspect that he may have been killed by somebody he knows. We are appealing to persons who are close to him to share with the Constant Spring detectives any bit of information you may have - whether he complained about being in conflict with somebody, complained that he was threatened, anything that they believe would have caused somebody to want to kill him," Lindsay said.

"We don't have any leads that we are following just yet. The most we can say at this point is that they (investigators) have not seen any sign of forced entry."

Garwood, 40, did not turn up for work yesterday morning. This prompted co-workers to go to his home in search of him, where they saw blood at the premises and alerted the police.

Lindsay confirmed that Garwood's black CRV motor car was missing and said it could have been the getaway vehicle.

SHOCKED BY NEWS

Captain Horace Burrell, president of the Jamaica Football Federation, who is currently off the island and who became aware of Garwood's death when he was contacted by The Gleaner, was shocked by the news.

"Oh my God!" Burrell said. "I am deeply saddened by the tragic news of his passing. This doctor served our youth teams on a number of occasions in his capacity as medical doctor and, therefore, he will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences go out to his family and to all his loved ones, and we hope that law enforcement will be able to get to the bottom of this and bring the perpetrators to justice."

The Association of Surgeons in Jamaica has also expressed regret at Garwood's death.

"Dr Garwood was a tremendously gifted surgical resident and medical practitioner and the association was looking forward to welcoming him to the next year when he would have achieved full qualification to be a practising surgeon," Dr Mark Newham, the association's president, said in a statement.

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