ANNOTTO BAY, St Mary:
THE Two Government ministers who oversee the public service last night condemned the murder of nurse Shellion Pinnock-Lafayette as she journeyed home from work at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St Mary Wednesday night.
Pinnock-Lafayette was shot and killed around 11 p.m.
Sources said she was found in her car on the Farmer's Heights road leading from the hospital with two gunshot wounds, one to her face and the other to her neck.
Friends and loved ones were yesterday grieving the loss of a woman they described as jovial and friendly.
Monique Richards said Pinnock-Lafayette was her best friend and confidante and that she was struggling to come to terms with her death.
Dr Peter Phillips, minister of finance and planning, and Horace Dalley, minister with responsibility for the public service, extended condolences to her two young children, family and colleagues.
"This is indeed a sad day for all public-sector workers, particularly those in the health services as they reckon with the slaying of one of their beloved colleagues," the ministers said in a joint release.
"Having spent much of the last several months in negotiating rounds with the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, the slaying of nurse Lafayette will be deeply felt by nurses throughout the health system."
Phillips and Dalley said the country has been robbed of a young, vibrant and true servant of the people and urged the police to move swiftly in their investigation to bring her killers to justice.
Pinnock-Lafayette worked as worked as a vector controller at the Port Maria Hospital for more than 10 year before she left in 2009 to study midwifery. She had been working at the Annotto Bay Hospital since last year.
Tamara Henry-Grant, a friend and colleague of the 32-year-old nurse, lamented that her death could have been avoided if the road had been in better condition.
"The road is very bad and very dark, I mean black, so there is no street light so when she was slowing down for the bad parts of the road very near to her home, that's when the person or persons pounced on her and shot her in her car," Henry-Grant reasoned.
- Cabbrina Lennox