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Families mourn those killed in Negril triple murder

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

LAST SATURDAY, Bryan Morris and his wife Loraine celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary. The happy occasion was 'spiced up' by the fact that their last child, their baby daughter, had just turned two months old.

Now, the joys of last Saturday have now turned to sorrow as Morris, who is also a pastor, was one of three security guards brutally murdered by criminals, who invaded the Guardsman Limited offices on Namprel Road, in Negril, early Friday morning.

"Right now, I am just trying my best to keep myself calm," said Mrs Morris, as her voice trembled. "I have a little baby girl and her two brothers to care for ... . I can't afford to break down ... I can't ... I just can't."

Shortly after 4:40 a.m., a Guardsman supervisor went to the Negril compound and found the bodies of 33-year-old Morris of a Little London address in Westmoreland, and his female co-workers, 42-year-old Sylvia Beckford, of Whitehouse, and 31-year-old Judith McCauley, of Green Island.

According to Mrs Morris, approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, her husband drove home in a company vehicle. While at home, she said he got a call, asking him to report to the office, and he left.

"When he did not return home by midnight, I began calling his phone but I got no response," said a grieving Mrs Morris. "I kept on calling right through the night ... it was at about 8 a.m. that I got a call that he was dead."

McCauley's tragic death has left her husband and two children, along with her parents, sisters and brothers, devastated.

"Me want to see mi sister ... me want to see my sister," wailed Sonia McCauley, who rushed to the Guardsman location on hearing the sad news of her sister's death. "A just Saturday gone she cooked fe the entire family ... . We were all so happy and look at this now ... dem kill mi sister."

Two of the security guards reportedly died from stab wounds while the other was shot.

Unconfirmed reports are that the killer/killers were in search of guns, believed to be stored on the compound.

While it is unclear as to whether the armoury at the Guardsman office was accessed, preliminary investigations by the Westmoreland police are pointing to a least two missing firearms. Late yesterday, the police detained two men who they believe could assist them in their investigation of the triple murder.