Sun | May 28, 2017

StGC team manager found dead

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 4:00 AMRachid Parchment

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has said that it is investigating the death of St George's College (StGC) track and field team manager Peter Brooks as a possible suicide.

The CCU said, in a statement, that Brooks, of Dewsbury Avenue, St Andrew, was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle in the Liguanea area on Thursday.

The statement said that the Matilda's Corner Police reported that residents in the area said that they heard a shot at around 10 that morning, before discovering his body with a gunshot wound to the head.

The Gleaner reached out to StGC officials, but all calls to their numbers went unanswered.

Adrian Wiltshire, a friend of Brooks, said that he is in disbelief about his passing.

"I'm no physician, but Mr Brooks never came across as the type of person who would take his own life, because he valued life," Wiltshire said. "He was always encouraging, and I've always know him to be a helpful person to everyone. He always had a quote to instruct positively in every situation."

Wiltshire said he last spoke to Brooks on Wednesday and he seemed to be in what he describes as a "lively" mood, as they were having a jovial discussion about St George's participation in Champs in March. He said that from that, he would not have figured that Brooks was dealing with any serious personal matters.

Brooks had been the North Street-based school's team manager since the summer of 2002 and had taken a leave of absence before the start of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships last month.

He was 54 years old.