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Midwife gunned down

Shellion Pinnock Lafayette.

KINGSTON — Days after gunmen stormed into the May Pen Hospital and killed a patient, the health sector is again reeling from shock after a nurse was murdered on her way home from work on Wednesday night.

Registered midwife Shellion Pinnock Lafayette, who worked at the Annotto Bay Hospital in St. Mary, was shot and killed while driving her Toyota Starlet motor car home. She was killed just metres from her Farmers Heights home in Port Maria.

According to the police, Lafayette was shot at about 10:30 pm. Residents reportedly heard an explosion and summoned the police who found Lafayette in her car suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to the Port Maria Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The 30-year-old mother of two – a daughter aged seven and a 12-year-old son – was reportedly shot in the neck.

Her uncontrolled car then ran into a ditch, the Jamaica Observer was told.

Family members of the midwife – who was said to be fairly new to the profession after just completing her studies at the Cornwall School of Nursing last year – were still in shock yesterday.

She previously worked as a vector control inspector at the Port Maria Hospital.

Lafayette’s sister told Jamaica Observer that she spoke with her sister at about 1:00 pm on Wednesday.

“She tell mi that when I am coming to visit for the weekend mi should let mommy boil some porridge and bring it for her,” Sharlett Pinnock recalled.

She said when she got a phone call Wednesday night that her sister was killed, she was in instant denial.

“I didn’t want to believe,” Pinnock told the Observer. “I was just hoping she was in the hospital.”

“The condition I saw my sister in last night, she did not deserve it,” Pinnock added. (Observer)

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