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Slain Tacky watchman remembered as a good father

Tuesday, July 15, 2014    

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GAYLE, ST MARY — Samantha Jarrett says she has not only lost a father, but a friend.

The 18-year-old is among 13 children mourning the death of Hewitt Jarrett, the 44-year-old watchman who was killed at Tacky High School over the weekend. Jarrett's body was reportedly found with gunshot wounds at the school on Sunday morning.

"He was a very good father. He tried to help everybody that he could. He was jovial [and] was everything to me," Samantha said.

She said the family has been left devastated by her father's murder. "It is very hard," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Jarrett had reportedly expressed fear for his life after armed men reportedly tied him up before setting fire to a section of the school in May.

It was, however, not clear up to last night if his murder was linked to that incident.

According to his daughter, her father was so fearful that he did not talk much about the incident.

Jarrett's murder is even more devastating for the family as they had to deal with another murder earlier this year.

In that incident, their 70-year-old relative, Norris Garvey, a businessman, was chopped to death at his business establishment here in Gayle on March 18. The body was found with multiple chop wounds to the head and abdomen.

— Renae Dixon

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