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Dad’s last hug

Written by on November 13, 2018

Two minutes after Ainsley Foulkes escorted his son into Lannaman’s Preparatory School in St Andrew, hugged him, and then walked back out to his motor vehicle, the 47-year-old businessman was shot dead.

The brazen murder, committed yesterday morning about 7:30 when many children were being dropped off at the school on Terrence Avenue, sent parents and their kids, frightened by the loud explosions, scampering for cover.

“I saw when his son hugged him and I went back to my car. I heard three or four sounds… about 10 seconds later the gentleman walked back through the school gate, because it happened on the outside. He walked in with blood on his shirt saying, ‘Help me! Help me!’ and that’s when I realised what happened,” a parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Jamaica Observer.

“There was a little confusion — about 15, 20 seconds — before they decided to take him outside to his van. Some guys from the community put him inside the van… and I took him to KPH (Kingston Public Hospital) where he was pronounced dead,” the parent added.

The murder resulted in the closure of Terrence Avenue, one of the roads being used to detour traffic from the normally heavily travelled Hagley Park Road due to the major road expansion work taking place.

Senior Superintendent in charge of St Andrew Central Maurice Robinson told the Observer that Foulkes had dropped off his son and was returning to his vehicle when he was confronted by a man who exited a white Nissan Tiida motor car. The man fired several shots, hitting him in the upper body.

Robinson said no motive has been established as yet for the brutal slaying.

Two minutes after Ainsley Foulkes escorted his son into Lannaman’s Preparatory School in St Andrew, hugged him, and then walked back out to his motor vehicle, the 47-year-old businessman was shot dead.

The brazen murder, committed yesterday morning about 7:30 when many children were being dropped off at the school on Terrence Avenue, sent parents and their kids, frightened by the loud explosions, scampering for cover.

“I saw when his son hugged him and I went back to my car. I heard three or four sounds… about 10 seconds later the gentleman walked back through the school gate, because it happened on the outside. He walked in with blood on his shirt saying, ‘Help me! Help me!’ and that’s when I realised what happened,” a parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Jamaica Observer.

“There was a little confusion — about 15, 20 seconds — before they decided to take him outside to his van. Some guys from the community put him inside the van… and I took him to KPH (Kingston Public Hospital) where he was pronounced dead,” the parent added.

The murder resulted in the closure of Terrence Avenue, one of the roads being used to detour traffic from the normally heavily travelled Hagley Park Road due to the major road expansion work taking place.

Senior Superintendent in charge of St Andrew Central Maurice Robinson told the Observer that Foulkes had dropped off his son and was returning to his vehicle when he was confronted by a man who exited a white Nissan Tiida motor car. The man fired several shots, hitting him in the upper body.

Robinson said no motive has been established as yet for the brutal slaying.


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