Sydney Smith

Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter

  • Technician foretells death, murdered hours later

Mystery shrouds Monday’s brazen daylight shooting death of 29-year-old television technician, Sydney Sheldon Smith, otherwise called ‘Shane’ of Vernon’s Drive, Montego Bay.

Reports gleaned by the Western Mirror indicate that Smith, who worked at a television repair shop at Cottage Close, went to a nearby cook shop about 12:15 p.m. and ordered lunch, as was his custom.

He was about to exit the cook shop when explosions were heard.  The police were summoned and, on their arrival, Smith was seen lying at the entrance of the cook shop in a pool of blood with gunshot wounds to the head and upper body.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

‘Shane’s’ distraught mother, Patsy Foster, said based on what her son said to her on Sunday, she became wary that something was gravely wrong.

“He said to me, ‘Mommy if I don’t live, please don’t sell my car and give the money to anybody.”  She said he mentioned to her that he had a dispute with a man who threatened to kill him.

“He went to the fridge to get something to eat and said ‘Maybe this will be the last thing I eat,” Ms. Foster disclosed.

Foster said she went to bed with a heavy heart with those thoughts on her mind.

She didn’t question him, but continued to mull over his words.

“I woke up Monday morning and got ready for work but Shane was sleeping so I said I would talk to him when I got home.  I received a call from my cousin about 1 o’clock to say Shane is dead.”

Foster said she was at a loss as it was not even 24 hours before that he spoke with her about his possible demise.

“I don’t know what happened but all I know is that now I don’t have my son. He is gone. He was a really jovial person who got along well with people.  I don’t know what he and the other man have, all I know that there was an abrupt end to my son’s life. Shane is no more. He was a good son to me.”

She described him as doting father to his two children, a six-year-old daughter and a nine-month-old son.

“These two children no longer have a father. The little son will not know his father. But I leave everything in the hands of God. He will take vengeance. I leave everything in his hands,” she concluded.