(CMR) A Jamaica politician was shot and killed on Thursday, 20 July, as he reportedly inspected a project he was undertaking in his division.
Councillor Ainsley Parkins, a member of the People’s National Party and the political representative for the Southboro Division in St Catherine, was reportedly sitting in his vehicle on Newland Road, which is located in Portmore, when men came from behind a wall and opened fire, hitting him multiple times.
He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“He was on duty as councilor, diligently conducting assessments of a project he was passionately undertaking for the betterment of the community he loved and served,” the PNP said in a statement.
“We call upon law enforcement agencies to conduct a swift, thorough, and impartial investigation, leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice. It is imperative that the perpetrators of this heinous act are swiftly identified and held accountable to face the full extent of the law,” the PNP added.
The party said Parkins was an outstanding public servant who dedicated himself to the welfare and progress of his constituents, adding that he left an indelible mark on the lives of those he served.
Parkins’ murder comes just over a year after the Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for the same political division was murdered. Lennox Hines was killed while waiting in traffic last May.