AS Paulette Dinnal looked at her only son lying in a pool of blood on the Padmore main road in West Rural St Andrew, yesterday, all she could do was lift her hands to the heavens and shout: "Is my one pickney. My only son. Him dead?"
Dinnal walked through the crowd of onlookers and hugged anybody within arm's reach.
Her son, identified as 35-year-old Douglas Folkes, drove a route taxi between Chancery Street and Padmore.
Eyewitnesses say at minutes to eight in the morning Folkes, also called 'Carlos', drove his white Nissan Sunny motorcar from Chancery Street without any passengers, as commuters mainly travelled down the hill from Padmore at that time in the morning.
Somewhere between Chancery Street and the spot in the hills where he was shot, he took up passengers.
His passengers turned on him and shot him when he was driving in a secluded area close to Padmore.
"The car pass me with two man in khaki hat in the back seat. Soon after, I heard the shot dem and mi see the man a run pass me, but I never know him get shot. I never know it was Carlos," one onlooker at the death scene said.
Folkes was reportedly shot twice under the chin and ran from the vehicle for about 400 metres before collapsing and dying on the side of the roadway.
"I see di man dem have the gun under him face when the car drive past," another man said.
Dinnal was not able to keep still, and even though no tears flowed down her cheeks, the grief she was experiencing was evident.
"Him have one child. I don't know how him girlfriend a deal with it at her house now," she told the Jamaica Observer.
Another of Folkes's female relatives just stood and stared at his lifeless figure and cried silently.
Other women in the crowd also shed tears.
"Him never involve in nothing to deserve this. Him was a cool youth, and whoever kill him must meet a terrible end because Carlos don't trouble nobody," one woman said.
At the other section of the hill where Folkes was shot his motor car was parked with the front and back doors on the left side still open.
A cop who secured the scene with police yellow tape said early signs suggested that Folkes was not a robbery victim, as his killers seemed to have come for life and not possessions.
"I hear they calmly walked into the bushes after they shot him and it does not look like a robbery from the way I am looking at it now," he said.
Last week, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington reported that murders were up six per cent this year over the corresponding period last year.