Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
With the police still trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the deathof 39-year-old Nichola Campbell, the close-knit family of management and staff at Jerky’s Bar and Grill, Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay, are still reeling as the impact of her loss continues to be felt at the company.
“The work atmosphere is not the same as a vital member of our close-knit family has been taken from us.”
The pain-tinged words of a distraught David Quilen, Human Resource Manager at Jerky’s Bar and Grill reacting to the murder of Campbell, the company’s Inventory Controller, whose lifeless body was discovered on Wednesday, August 7, at her home in Paradise, Norwood, with her head bashed in.
Reports indicate that about 6 a.m. on Wednesday, residents alerted the police that the body of a woman was seen at a house along Hollywood Drive in the Paradise, Norwood area.
The police, on arrival, saw Miss Campbell lying on a bed in a pool of blood, with what appeared to be wounds to both sides of the head.
She was taken to hospital where she was subsequently pronounced dead.
Mr. Quilen says the death of Campbell continues to be felt as while her principal role was that of the inventory controller, she was a reliable and dependable employee and functioned as supervisor when necessary, or would assume other roles as the need would arise, he explained.
“She probably served more hours than everybody else and was very familiar with all the operations of the company, so she was very vital and somebody with her experience and expertise, you cannot put a value on her worth to the company. She was also very jovial and would lighten any mood,” he noted.
He said they are even more saddened by the fact that Campbell was one of the caregivers for her mother who recently suffered a stroke, and leaves behind a son.
“We have been in constant dialogue with her brother as we continue to offer solace to the family,” he said.