Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
Another family has been plunged into grief with a common law wife stunned into silence as she struggles to come to grips with the death of her loved one, after gunmen struck on Tuesday claiming the life of 27-year-old barber, Balmain Brown otherwise called ‘Shoppy’ of Copse, Hanover.
Reports indicate that about 12:10 a.m., residents heard explosions and summoned the police. The police came and discovered Brown’s body along the roadway lying in a pool of blood with several gunshot wounds to the head and side. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Brown’s common law wife was too traumatized to speak so his sister, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Western Mirror that she and other relatives began to worry when they saw a certain time and they did not see him arrive home as was his custom.
“We did not see him and became worried for his safety. We heard gunshots about 12:08 a.m. and we became even more disturbed. So we started calling his phone because normally he would come home already. We did not see him so at minutes to 1o’clock we went out onto the road to search for him.
She related that when they did not see him, they began to surmise that he would have heard the gunshots, turned off the phone and was hiding in the bushes.
“We continued to search for him and we eventually saw him lying along the roadside about half a mile from where he lives. It was heartrending to see his body with the blood all around him, so we called the police and they came and took him to hospital”.
Brown, who has been a barber for about 7 years, operated from Barnett Street in Montego Bay. He was the father of a four-year-old son and was described as a jovial person who loved to play football.
“He was the type of person to go to work and come home. He also loved to play football but he would always come