Another murder/suicide

23-y-o Manchester security guard kills girlfriend, self

Saturday, May 16, 2015

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a case of suspected murder/suicide involving a 23-year-old security guard and the mother of his child.


Police believe the security guard, Terrence Reid — who was employed by Ranger and Hawkeye Security in Mandeville — first used his licensed firearm to shot and kill Shadae Smith, the mother of his infant child, then turned the gun on himself.


Police said the tragedy, which flowed from an argument over alleged infidelity, occurred at about 10:30 pm Thursday night at Reid's home in Melrose Mews in Mandeville.


Co-workers provided more details when the Jamaica Observer visited yesterday.


They said the confrontation developed when a girlfriend visited Reid while Smith was with him at home. A confrontation followed.


Regional manager for Ranger and Hawkeye Security in Mandeville, Hilroy Nelson, said two of Reid's colleagues went to the home during the confrontation and spoke with him on the outside in an attempt to quell the fracas.


Reid reportedly told them that he was going to tell his child's mother to leave. However, it was a scream for help that followed.


Police said that Reid was pronounced dead at hospital while Smith died on the spot.


Nelson said that a counsellor affiliated with the company offered support to employees yesterday.


Nelson described the incident as completely unexpected. "He (Reid) was a harmonious person, whenever he is at work, he is always smiling," Nelson said.


He urged those with serious personal problems to seek help and counselling.


"Don't keep it and don't say it's a secret and you don't want to let out somebody's business," he said.


Meanwhile, an obviously shaken-up Hawkeye employee, Shereen Morris, described Reid as a "friend".


— Alicia Sutherland






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