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CARIMAC mourns again, says Professor Dunn after UWI student's death

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 8:04 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
CARIMAC director, Professor Hopeton Dunn, says Reid was a prominent graduate student and his loss is a “big blow”.

The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, (CARIMAC) says it is shocked at the sudden passing of one of its prominent students, O’Shane Reid.

The 23-year-old and Shanice Simmonds, 22, both students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, died in a car crash last night in St Ann.

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23-year-old O'Shane Reid and 22-year-old Shanice Simmonds.

23-year-old O'Shane Reid and 22-year-old Shanice Simmonds.

Reid just completed the first of his two-year Master of Arts degree programme in Communication Studies at CARIMAC, which is based at UWI, Mona.

CARIMAC director, Professor Hopeton Dunn, says Reid was a prominent graduate student and his loss is a “big blow”.

“CARIMAC is shocked and again in grief. It was only on Friday I met with him. We surely will be missing him. He was very forward-looking and hardworking and very engaged in student life and social media”, noted Dunn.

Professor Dunn says grief counselling will be made available for the classmates of the deceased student and members of the staff.

Reid, who was a research assistant to the CARIMAC director, graduated last year from the institute with an undergraduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communication.

READ: UWI Mona students killed in St Ann car crash

He died days away from starting a new job.

Last month, CARIMAC was plunged into mourning, following the death of popular lecturer Charmaine Henry.