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FORMER co-workers of slain teacher Samuel Martin, whose body was found in bushes in Juno Crescent, May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday, are shocked and saddened by his death.

One former colleague, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the ordeal has left her speechless.

“I was hoping that they would have found him alive, even if he had bruises, but alive. It is very disheartening,” she said yesterday.

Another former colleague, who also requested anonymity, described Martin, 41, as jovial and punctual.

“He was always on time for work and would always complete his marking of test papers early. I cannot understand why someone would want to carry out such a gruesome act against him. I am truly saddened,” the teacher said.

“He was a good teacher of English language and communication studies. His previous students and current students, along with his previous and present colleagues, will miss him dearly,” another former colleague said.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information also expressed shock at the gruesome news.

Minister without portfolio Karl Samuda, in expressing condolences to Martin’s family, said he was hopeful that the English lecturer would have been found safe following news that he had been reported missing on April 19.

Samuda said that the sad news was especially painful as the sector grapples with the loss of two students recently.

The minister has called on residents of Juno Crescent and anyone who may have information on his killing, to cooperate with the police as they carry out their investigation.

Martin had been teaching at St Joseph’s Teachers’ College since January.

Although he had only been at the school for a short period of time, principal Dr Gwen Melhado described him as one who fitted into the culture of St Joseph’s well, and took part in college activities in addition to his substantive responsibilities.

— Shanae Stewart

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