A 22-year-old female medical student of the University of Technology was this evening shot dead in Hope Pastures, St Andrew during a reported robbery while on her way home from school.

Her name is being withheld, however, she was a student of the College of Health Sciences.

Commanding Officer for the St Andrew Central Division, Senior Superintendent Millicent Sproul-Thomas, says the deceased and another female student were walking on Hope Boulevard shortly before 7 pm when a silver motorcar with two men aboard drove up and demanded that the women hand over their bags.

It’s reported that the friend handed over her bag but the deceased refused and instead ran off.

That’s when one of the men reportedly got out of the car and shot her in the head as she ran, killing her on the spot.

SSP Sproul-Thomas says the unharmed female is now in police custody and was unable to ascertain information on the model or make of the car.

She is appealing for residents of Hope Pastures to be careful when traveling in the community.

Memo from the UTech Students’ Union Council:

The Students’ Union is saddened by the news of the brutal murder of a College of Health Science Student. As young persons, it is time for us to take a stand against the violence that persists in our country against our Youth. With this said, we encourage ALL students and University Officials to join us in the stand to let our voices by wearing BLACK tomorrow to END THE SILENCE AND STOP THE VIOLENCE against our nation’s youth.

This is integral for the protection of all youth, especially our students, living and operating in areas surrounding the University. We ask that the family and friends of the deceased be kept in our prayers. May her soul rest in peace.

Let us pray for our nation Jamaica. BE SAFE ONE AND ALL.

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