GSAT joy turns sorrow - Murder/suicide leaves children orphaned
The joy of one young girl quickly turned to sorrow yesterday after her mother was allegedly murdered by her father, who later killed himself.
The suspected murder-suicide took place in Short Hill district, Pedro Plains in St Elizabeth on Wednesday, the same day that the young child chalked up high scores in her Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and was awarded a place at one of western Jamaica's most prestigious high schools.
Tamara McIntosh, a nail technician of Short Hill, and Easton Douglas, a retired inspector of police from Passagefort, St Catherine, had two children together. One of the children is currently in high school and the other had the life squeezed out of her GSAT celebration.
According to the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU), Douglas was visiting the home of McIntosh when explosions were heard at about 9 p.m. The police were summoned to the home, where both bodies were seen with gunshot wounds. One Glock pistol was recovered from the scene with nine 9mm rounds in its magazine.
Floyd Green, the member of parliament (MP) for South West St Elizabeth, said that the entire constituency was in shock. "Our communities are not used to these kinds of incidents. It is very sad," Green said.
The MP said that the education ministry had already deployed counsellors to assist the children, who have now been left orphaned.