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Find Chung's killers, Heaven pleads

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator — Crime/Court desk henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, January 07, 2013    

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TREVOR Heaven, president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, yesterday urged persons who can assist the police in finding the killers of businessman Melvin Chung.

"I just want to urge those who have information regarding this murder to come forward," said Heaven, who noted that Jamaicans seem to have lost "value for human life".

Heaven's call comes as the police deepen their search to apprehend the killers of the 52-year-old Chung, who died on his father's birthday, leaving a wife and four children — the youngest being six years.

"He's always the one giving persons opportunities. Everyone who knows him know about the lives he has touched and about his kindness," said his sister-in-law, who asked not to be named.

"I've never seen a man worked so hard for his family," she added.

At the same time, the woman bemoaned the level of criminality within the society and blamed the Government for not doing enough to stem the scourge.

Chung's wife, who had to seek medical assistance because of the news of his callous murder, was too grief-stricken to speak with the media.

Chung, who operated five Total service stations in the Corporate Area, was attacked and shot multiple times outside one of his places of business, on East Street, on Saturday afternoon.

Two firearms belonging to his security firm, Melan Security Services Limited, were stolen, along with cash estimated to be over $2 million, Superintendent Steve McGregor, who heads the Kingston Central Police Division, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The Observer yesterday reported a police source saying that it appeared that Chung may have been trailed by his attackers to the area.

One person has so far been held and the police are following "several strong leads", according to McGregor.

McGregor said also that investigators will be looking into extortion as a motive. Regarding the issue of extortion, McGregor said the police have brought the scourge to "a low" in the downtown business district over the past two years.

Yesterday, another relative described Chung as a "kind", jovial" family man.

"He's hard-working, very jovial, full of life and full of spirit. Always helping the poor. He hired a lot of people from the inner city, both at the gas stations and the security company," the relative said.

Heaven said: "He was a good guy. A focused person. He's going to be sadly missed. It's a travesty for this to happen to him. I can't come to grips that I won't be able to sit with and talk with him one-on-one."

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