Cop's murder rocks St Bess community
The community of Beth Salem in St Elizabeth is in an eerie disbelief as it mourns the death of one of its sons, Constable Kamoi Miller, who was killed in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Mildred McKenzie, Miller's grandmother, told THE STAR that she has been visited by numerous members of the community who are still in shock at the killing.
"Everybody a cry in a di district. When dem come visit dem just a cry so. Some saying they can't sleep and can't eat. All dem saying is Miller, Miller, Miller," McKenzie said.
She said that Miller was well-respected in the community, and he will be remembered for his kind heart.
"He was very kind and quiet. You have a Rastaman who lives down the road weh him help out all the time. Carry water pon him head go give him," McKenzie recalled.
"He wasn't a Christian, but he was a nice, kind young man."
Miller's sister, Renae Campbell, shared similar sentiments.
"It's like it is not real. He respected everyone. It was always Mr Dis and Miss Dat. For me though, it was mawga gyal. That's what he called me," Campbell said. "Because he was so nice, that's why it is so hard to take."
Miller was shot and killed at about 1 in the morning on Sunday on Maxfield Avenue. Police reports are that residents heard explosions and summoned the police who responded and found Miller slumped over the steering wheel of the Toyota Rav 4 he was driving.
Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay said that it appeared that Miller tried to drive away as the vehicle was found crashed into a wall. He was stationed at the Elletson Road Police Station in eastern Kingston.
According to Campbell, Miller joined the police force in 2005 and had grown to love his job.
"To tell you the truth, we were all shocked when he decided to join the police force, but we realised that he had to do something, so we accepted it, and said God will go with him. We could see that he loved what he was doing," Campbell said.
Miller is survived by his two children, Alicia Miller, 7, and Kavene Miller, 11.
Campbell said that she now fears Miller's deepest fear will become a reality.
"He always said that he never wanted his kids to grow up without their father. He always wanted to be in his children's lives because he grew up without a father," Campbell said.
According Lindsay, Miller is the fifth police personnel to be killed since the start of the year.
Miller was a member of the JCF for 10 years, and was part of an operations team that arrested a policeman and three civilians at Munster Road, following the discovery of 18 firearms and 10,000 rounds of ammunition, which were stolen from the police armoury in east Kingston.
"From mi know him, he was a hard worker," Inspector Henry Wallace of the Rollington Town Police Station said of Miller.