- Popular businessman found murdered
Barrington Flemming – Staff Reporter
“Oh God no, dem kill him like animal. He was a good man he does not deserve this at all,” the painful words of a weeping close friend of Raymond ‘Moonie’ Kerr, whose body was found with stab wounds and his throat cut at his Appleton Hall apartment, Montego Bay on Monday.
Kerr, a businessman who formerly managed the Aquasol Theme Park, and was the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Western Representative and Football Manager at his alma mater, Cornwall College, was reported missing after several attempts to contact him by phone since Sunday went unanswered.
Relatives reportedly went to his apartment Monday afternoon and made a search when they made the gruesome discovery.
The Montego Bay police report that Kerr’s licensed firearm, as well as his motor car, are missing.
Michael Ellis, Principal of Cornwall College, in response to Kerr’s death said the Cornwall College fraternity is again rocked with shock and grief as the life of a “Man of Might” was brutally snuffed out.
“It continues to be sad days at the school. There is a sombre mood among staff and students, especially the footballers, those who had interacted with him over the years. He has served as member of the school board and has been a stalwart in sports. He has made his mark in the institution in a very tangible and physical way. I can guarantee you it is a great loss to Cornwall College.” Mr. Ellis said, adding that Kerr also gave yeoman service to ISSA, which, like Cornwall, is in deep mourning.
George Forbes, Competitions Director at ISSA, says the news of Kerr’s death has shaken ISSA as he was a stalwart for 23 years with the association.
“He will be sadly missed as he has been a tower of strength for us in Western Jamaica. As a matter of fact, he was supposed to have done something for us today for basketball presentation. His contribution to ISSA is invaluable I don’t think we are going to find anybody to replace him. He was efficient, we just need to say the word and everything would be in place; it’s a major loss for ISSA and the country,” Forbes said.
President of the Montego Bay Chapter of the Cornwall College Old Boys Association Stephen Jennings said it was with great sorrow that they received the news of Kerr’s death.
“Mooney stood tall among us, his physical stature paled in comparison with his contribution to the sports programme and everything that was Cornwall College. His support most times went beyond the call of duty and understanding. We have lost a great Man of Might to the crime monster,” said Jennings.
He said further that the association anticipates a speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice as it denounces all acts of crime and violence.
For his part, Dr. Dean Weatherly, who has worked with Kerr since 1991, said he has not only lost a strong support in football, but also a good friend.
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“He dedicated most of if not all his life to Cornwall College. He was passionate about Cornwall College, especially the da’Costa Cup team, but he gave not only to football. He was supportive of the whole school environment and of the students. For footballers who knew him over the years it is dark-days. So, for the current footballers we are looking at dedicating the da’Costa season to Raymond ‘Moonie’ Kerr.
Weatherly said Kerr was a passionate advocate for the downtrodden and was also calling for a second chance for students.
“He paid school fees, he gave lunch money, bought uniform, pay exam fees, he did all that but he did not want to publish it, and it was for many students over the years.”
Dr. Weatherly’s sentiments were echoed by Sue Ann Chang, a member of the football management team.
“He was always looking out for the boys. He would pay school fees for them, buy books and provide meals. On many occasions with the footballers I would call him and tell him they have no food and he would pack box dinners from Aquasol and brought it in his car for them. ‘Moonie’ was very committed to Cornwall College,” she concluded.