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Mannings School in mourning after student killed

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Mannings School family was for the second time in less than a month plunged into mourning following the gun slaying of 16-year-old student, Shamar Tomlinson, at his Grange Hill, Westmoreland home yesterday morning.

Shamar's death follows on the heels of that of his former classmate, Steville Sinclair, who drowned at a beach in Lucea, Hanover, a week before the new school year began.

According to head of the Westmoreland Police Division, Superintendent Gary McKenzie, Shamar, who lived in the Crowder section of Grange Hill, was shot dead after his home was invaded by gunmen about 2:00 am.

Principal of Mannings School Steve Gordon told the Jamaica Observer that the incident has left the entire school in mourning, especially the fifth-form technical batch of students, of which Shamar and Steville were part.

“We lost a student, Steville Sinclair, of Llandillo, who drowned at a beach in Lucea just before the opening of school. And now to hear that one of our students, Shamar Tomlinson, was killed by gunshots; it is heart-rending,” the grieving principal expressed.

He noted that a number of counsellors had to visit the institution to offer grief counselling to students and teachers, some of whom wept openly after hearing the news of the latest tragedy.

“We are still mourning and we will be mourning for some time to come. We are doing the best we can to ensure that the students are counselled as best as we can,” Gordon said.

The principal described Shamar as a caring student who got on well with his classmates.

“He was a quiet, jovial, average student who would perform fairly well in class. He would rally around everyone in the class; there was no favourite. He was a caring young man,” Gordon said.

It is understood that Shamar's killing was one of four murders committed in Westmoreland over the weekend.

— Horace Hines

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