SUICIDE - Corinaldi Primary teacher hangs self
A Corinaldi Avenue Primary teacher - 31 year-old Fabian Irving - was found hanging by a leather belt and a piece of cord from the cross beam in a closet at his motherâ€™s home on Monday, December 13.
The body was discovered by a friend who went to look for Irving at his mother’s Catherine Hall, Montego Bay home. According to the friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, he made several calls to Irving’s cellphone and home phone, but all rang without an answer. He then tried calling Irving’s girlfriend but her cell too also went unanswered.
However, shortly after, the girlfriend returned the call and informed the friend that Irving was indeed at home. The friend went to the house and called the teacher but again he got no answer. He, however, noticed that the grille was opened and entered the house to find Irving hanging from the closet.
The police were then summoned and the scene processed before the body was taken to the morgue.
Reports from the Montego Bay Police are that Irving began acting strange lately. It was revealed too, that on the day of his death, Irving was supposed to return to work from sick leave.
Residents in the community describe Irving as a calm and respectable man who was held in high esteem.
The distraught mother, Yvette Irving, who is principal of the Lucea Infant School, Hanover, found it hard to cope with the news of her son’s tragic death. She had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
Rev. Courtney Thorpe, pastor of the Tucker Wesleyan Holiness Church, where Irving was a member, told journalists that Irving was a very quiet, hard working, unassuming and responsible individual. Rev. Thorpe confirmed that recently, the family discovered that Irving, otherwise called ‘Fe-Fe’, was undergoing serious depression, “but no one was able to find the reason why the young man was having self problems.”
Reports are that the teacher was living at the Rose Vale Housing Scheme with his one year-old daughter and his common-law-wife, but recently he became withdrawn and no one could explain why.
He was asked to spend some time at his mother’s home, which he did and also took a break from school.
Teachers at the school said Irvin was a beloved individual who was addressed by the students as ‘Uncle Fabian’ and the thought of him taking his own life is unthinkable. The police continue to investigate.