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West End mourns slaying of Colin Lynch

Published:Saturday | August 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Tragedy rocked West End, Negril, on the evening of July 30. About 8:30 p.m. on the quiet West End road at a small business called the Out of Town Bakery, which is known for its beef, chicken and veggie patties, along with the best possible ackee loaves and fish loaves, disaster struck.

Owned and run by Colin, his wife, and their daughter, this bakery/store/cafe is well known to the local community as a meeting place and an eating place. You can have a 'whites' or a Coke or a Red Stripe or a box drink and chat with Colin, the baker of these scrumptious treasures.

Not anymore.

At 8:30 p.m. or thereabouts, while his wife was away in the United States, Colin and his young daughter were on the property. Three motorcycles pulled up. Their riders dismounted and entered the premises. Two minutes later, three or four shots rang out and screaming was heard by friends and neighbours. I truly hope that his daughter was not a witness to what occurred next.

Colin was shot three times. Why, why, why?

Were his attackers after money? Colin would have given what he had to protect his daughter. He was the mildest-mannered and the most pleasant of men. A true family man. Were they high on crack? Was it revenge for something we know not what? Was it just a senseless random killing as happens so often in Jamaica?

A family trying to make a living by honest means has been destroyed. His 14-year-old daughter, as she embarks on her life, has no father. His loving wife now has no husband. Their lives are ruined. All the toil and getting up at 4 a.m. to bake their products has been to no avail. Colin is gone. Forever.

I salute a true gentleman and I grieve with his family. How many times does this happen in Jamaica every year? How many slaughtered innocents will it take? Will things ever change? How many times are these wanton criminals ever brought to justice? My experience says not very often.

How will this family ever recover? Their friends and family will do all they can. Is that enough? You judge. This must not continue.

RIP, Colin. You were a friend and a most decent Jamaican.

What are we going to do about the crime and anarchy in Jamaica? And when?