Father, son murdered in Westmoreland

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland football fraternity was yesterday plunged into mourning after the bullet-riddled body of Reno FC's most charismatic supporter, 62-year-old Trevor Wynter, was found in his bed, shortly after his son was discovered murdered a short distance away.

Wynter, who is affectionately known as 'Pepper Rock', lived at 45 Seaton Street with his 19-year-old son Jahboukie Wynter.

Reports are that about 3:45 yesterday morning residents of the section of Savanna-la-Mar called Grotto heard a barrage of gunshots in their community.

Shortly after, the body of the son was discovered lying along a section of the roadway in a pool of blood with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

Residents who went to the father's house to deliver the tragic news, became suspicious on realising that the front door was wide open. When they entered the house, they saw the body of the popular football fanatic slumped in his bed, also drenched in blood.

The police who were summoned are yet to establish a motive for the double murder.

When news broke of the two murders, a large crowd converged on the street outside the deceased's house, as crime scene investigators combed inside for clues.

"Me can't believe say Pepper Rock dead," bemoaned a man of Indian descent. "Them kill him inna him bed."

Another member of the gathering who also expressed shock at the tragedies, described the elder Wynter as a peaceful individual.

"Pepper naw trouble nobody," he said.

There was great outpouring of affection for the Reno fan when the news team arrived at the Westmoreland Football Association headquarters where several mourners were gathered.

He was mostly remembered for his large Reno flags which he eagerly waved as he drummed up support for the team.

"Pepper was a man always with his big flag. He did not support Reno in an ordinary way, but an extraordinary way, especially with his big flag, which at times appears bigger than the field," said another Reno supporter who goes by the name Tanker.

"Even when the team went down, he was the only one who had the flags. He's a household name in the parish."

Meanwhile, President of the Westmoreland Football Association Everton Tomlinson recalled the "undying love and dedication" Wynter has shown for Reno Football Club".

"He always dressed in the Reno colours. It is very sad when we lose someone who dedicate his life to the spirit of the game. He was most valuable in the 1980s and 1990s in the glory days of Reno, inspiring the crowd. Those memories keep popping up this morning," Tomlinson said.

In the meanwhile, Reno's technical director and former player, Wendell Downswell reflected on the days when Wynter would pump up the crowd to cheer for Reno, which at times resulted in motivation for the team to score.

"It's really a tragic loss to football in Westmoreland and to Reno, especially. His death has sent shock waves throughout the football fraternity. It's a major, major loss to the football fraternity," Downswell stated.

"Even the die-hard Reno fans saw him as a prophet. He had that level of confidence with the powerful message that he brought."


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