Tamara Geddes

Shamir Brown – Trelawny Correspondent

A ten-year-old girl has been left dumbfounded and a community in shock, after a lone gunman snuffed out her mother’s life at Reserve district in Trelawny Friday night, reportedly in her presence.

The victim is 36-year-old Tamara Geddes, unemployed of Reserve district.

Reports are that about 8:30 p.m., Geddes was at home with her daughter watching television with the house door open, when a lone man, armed with a hand gun, walked inside and demanded money.

Geddes is reported to have given him a sum of money and cell phones and he subsequently demanded sex. However, Geddes is said to have refused.

The man demanded that she kneeled and she acceded to his request, at which time he opened fire, hitting her in the head and then made his escape.

News of Geddes’ death cast a pall of gloom over the family and the community.

Family members wept openly as they recounted Geddes’ life, who they regarded as a jovial and fun-loving person.

“She was a great mother. She and her daughter were always together; I don’t know how she is coping with this,” one mourning relative said. 

Relatives have expressed concern as this is the second death in the family over the past six months as Tamara’s brother, Gregory Geddes, a raft captain, was stabbed and killed in Martha Brae in December during a dispute involving a woman.

Member of Parliament for Northern Trelawny, Victor Wright, described Geddes’ death as shocking and urged the police to leave no stones unturned in bringing the perpetrator to justice.

The police, in the meantime, have indicated that they are following strong leads and are expected to make an early breakthrough in the matter.