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Murdered Cop Remembered as Hard Worker

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
Police Corporal Kemoi Miller, who was shot and killed on Maxfield Avenue.

He was an integral part of a team of police officers who seized a large quantity guns and ammunition on Munster Road in Mountain View in February 2010.

A member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, during that period, was accused of illegally removing the firearms and ammunition from the police armoury and turning them over to criminal elements.

Following the seizure, Kemoi Miller, who was at the time a constable, was subsequently promoted to corporal. The other members of the team were also promoted to different ranks.

Miller was brutally murdered early Sunday morning by gunmen on Maxfield Avenue, in the vicinity of Alexandria Road, after he reportedly visited a friend in the area.

The jovial corporal, as described by colleagues, would have completed 11 years of service on January 8, 2017.

"I knew him very well. He used to be a part of our special operations team for a couple of years. If you recall that large gun find in Mountain View (allegedly involving) the policeman, he (Miller) was promptly promoted. He was an integral part (of the team)," police Inspector Henry Wallace told The Gleaner yesterday.

 

Always smiling

 

Wallace worked with Miller for a number of years and saw him the night before he died, while he was on duty at the guard house at the Elletson Road Police Station.

"I drove down to Elletson Road on Saturday and I saw him in the guard room. He worked in the guardroom from 8 a.m., to 6 p.m., as the station officer. He was (generally) jovial; you would always see a smile on his face. One thing I can tell you is that him love party, him love dem thing deh!" Wallace remarked.

Wallace was not certain if Miller had problems with anyone that might have led to the murder.

"No, I've never heard that!" Wallace said.

Miller died leaving a son and a daughter.

The memory of Miller that was common among Wallace and many other of his colleagues was that he was a very good-humoured and hard-working cop.

Police personnel openly expressed disgust at the murder.

"From mi know him, he was a hard worker. With that [gun find] the morning, I know a whole heap of people would want to go the other way, but [Miller] and the whole a dem stood their grounds," Wallace said.

"That was a feather inna dem cap and a feather in the organisation [showing] that a nuh all a we corrupt."

jason.cross@gleanerjm.com