University pledges support for slain cop's daughter


November 04, 2017
Tamara Bailey photo Rihanna Smith, daughter of slain corporal Melvin Smith, stands with the cop's wife, Valerie, at the memorial service that was held for the policeman at the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville on Thursday.

The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has pledged to establish a scholarship fund to facilitate the tertiary education for the daughter of slain police corporal Melvin Smith.

She is 11 years old, and currently attends Hampton High School in St Elizabeth.

Smith, who was assigned to the Community Safety and Security Branch (CSSB) in Manchester, was killed while accosting a robber in the town last Saturday.

NCU President, Dr Lincoln Edwards, said that it was part of the university's mission and Christian duty to provide assistance for those in need.

"Surely, a grieving family shouldn't have to worry about the education of their child so we want to step in and set up this scholarship fund to relieve the family of the burden," he said.

Edwards was speaking at the memorial service for Corporal Smith in the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville, last Thursday.


Meanwhile, four suspects have since been taken into police custody in relation to the killing of Smith.

While two have been released, one from a Kemps Hill, Clarendon address, and another from an Old England in Manchester address, remain in custody and will be placed on ID parades in the coming week.

According to Wayne Cameron, superintendent of police for Manchester, they are looking for a fifth man from Clarendon, who they believe has information that could assist the police.

"We know that there are at least two other players. We are searching for a man who may have driven a white motor car, taking them away from the scene, and a man who was in their company 20 minutes prior to the shooting," he said.

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