The body of a 13-year-old boy was pulled from a rubbish heap on Eve Lane near the National Heroes Circle yesterday. The boy, Roshane Smith, would have celebrated his 14th birthday on January 30.
The Ministry of Education yesterday confirmed that he is a Grade eight student, from the Denham Town High School.
"A yesterday mi see him. A baby that, why dem do the youth so? Dat nuh right. Mi feel it. Me afi go protect my own dem cause mi couldn't stand up here like Fishy (Rushane's mother) and watch that. She strong," one looker commented.
Roshane's mother, who showed little sign of emotion, tried her best to console her other children who gathered at the scene to see their deceased sibling.
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has expressed sadness at the loss of another young life and extended condolences to Roshane's immediate family and members of the school community, especially to his classmates.
Smith's body was found at about 7:30 with his hands bound, his shirt over his face, and gun shot wounds to the head.
Investigators theories that Smith, who lived at premises on nearby Duke Street, was abducted by his killers who shot him, before dumping his body in Eve Lane across from the National Heroes' Park.
Roshane's mother was stoic as she looked at the lifeless body of her son, but neighbors said that she had been inconsolable earlier.
His sister, who was taken from her classroom at a nearby school, could not contain her tears as she fought to avoid looking at the body of her brother.
Roshane's father, who is a popular vendor in downtown Kingston, left the scene shortly after identifying his son's body, and other family members refused to provide any information on the youngster.
Allegations stood strong that he had dropped out of school for some time.