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Man loses only son among four killed in Linstead

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Robert Jackson, father of deceased Recodell Jackson, in awe as he reflects on his son who was murdered in Linstead Wednesday night. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

FIFTY-NINE-year-old Robert Jackson's eyes were glued to the screen of his cellular phone as he stared at a photograph of his 27-year-old son, Recodell Jackson, who along with three other persons, were murdered at Mickleton in Linstead, St Catherine, Wednesday night.

Jackson said his son worked with him at the Nestlé Factory in Bog Walk, in the parish, just a stone's throw away from home, where he was a junior laboratory analyst.

The father of three expressed disappointments about not being able to send his son to university after copping 17 subjects; eleven in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and six in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

The younger Jackson is a graduate of Dinthill Technical High School.

"It's just because I wasn't able to send him to University and so he got a job at my work place," he told The Gleaner.

"Reco is a very quiet person. He is not one to make trouble as he would just come home and stick to his gadgets or his girlfriend," said Jackson, while wiping the tears from his eyes.

The Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) has identified the others killed as 21-year-old Shana Kay Simpson, 35-year-old Garfield Simpson and 43-year-old Dean Pratt.

The CCU said Shana Kay and Garfield were standing along a roadway when three armed men wearing black masks approached them and opened fire, hitting the two.

Robbery attempt

Approximately ten minutes later, the masked gunmen, reportedly went to a shop in the community and attempted to rob a woman in the company of Jackson. The gunmen opened fire hitting him.

Pratt, who was driving his motor car on his way home, was shot when the men tried to make their way out of the community.