Popular Westmoreland barber shot dead
43-year-old, Roan Fennell

WESTMORELAND,Jamaica – A well-known Westmoreland barber was shot dead at his barber shop, along the Petersfield main road, on Sunday night.

Dead is 43-year-old, Roan Fennell, otherwise called ‘Barber’ or ‘Zookie’, from a Hartford District address in the parish.

Reports from the Whithorn Police are that about 10:00 pm, residents heard explosions and summoned them. Fennel was later discovered with gunshot wounds and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The deceased’s sister, Marcia Dixon, told OBSERVER ONLINE that her brother was hardworking and popular.

“He’s a hardworking person, he’s well known. A him trim the police and lawyers, he is even friend with the Custos,” shared a distraught Dixon.

Dixon is struggling to come to terms with her brother’s death.

“Mi turn idiot when mi hear the news, mi dash weh mi clothes,” Dixon said.

She said she would have preferred to hear that he died from a crash or illness.

“A better him did sick and dead,” Dixon added.

“Hi death mash up everything [Labour Day plans], right now mi a labour in pain,” his in-law Loleta Mortley told OBSERVER ONLINE.

Mortley said the family would be cooking up a storm, and Fennell would be cleaning and cutting the yard for Labour Day.

The barbershop where Fennel was gunned down

However, his death has dampened their holiday plans.

Marlene Kirlew, a woman with whom the deceased shared three children, said she is in shock.

“Nobody nuh sleep last night, this is unexpected,” the grieving woman said.

She is worrying about her children, especially her daughter who will be sitting external exams in a few days.

“I’m in disbelief,” were the only words his daughter Kimone could manage to utter, as tears flew down her cheeks into her laptop.

Fennell’s customers are also mourning as they described him as the number one barber, noting that he is the one that trims the ‘big shots’.

Kimberley Peddie Observer Writer

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