Education minister condemns murder of Hopewell High bursar Loop Jamaica

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Education and Youth Minister, Fayval Williams has condemned Wednesday’s murder of Hopewell High School bursar, Jermaine Roberts.

The 35-year-old was shot by a gunman as he was about to drive off the compound of the school about 4pm.

Roberts, who had been in charge of the school’s financial affairs since 2016, succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

“I stand with all Jamaicans in vehemently condemning the shooting death… We are truly saddened at this act of unspeakable brutality,” Williams posted on Facebook.

“We mourn with the family, friends, and the school community,” she added.

Byron Grant, the principal of Hopewell High School, remains hospitalised after sustaining injuries when he allegedly jumped through a glass window while gunshots were fired during Wednesday’s incident. 

The Hanover police have since appealed to persons who may have witnessed the murder, or have any other information, to contact them.

“The frequent attacks on the school community and citizens of Jamaica are a distressing reflection of the wanton disregard for human life. People who have committed their lives to serving the public good are being attacked by those whose only mission is to create mayhem. I am urging anyone with information that can help the police in their investigations to share this so that the killer(s) may be brought to justice swiftly,” Williams later said.

She also extended condolences to the family and school community of Lacovia High School in St Elizabeth, following the sudden passing of social studies teacher, Alexis Tomlinson.

It was reported that Tomlinson was found unresponsive at home by her mother on Wednesday morning.

“The sudden death of anyone is always a tragedy, but it hits hardest to family and close associates. I share in the grief and sense of loss of the immediate family and Lacovia school community,” Williams added.

The ministry’s grief counselling officers will be reaching out to the families and school communities to offer support in the wake of the deaths.