A mother’s grief: Merle Thomas, mother of Khalil Blanchfields, reacts upon learning of his death yesterday in Cocorite, outside Peake Trading Ltd. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

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Diego Martin man, 21, shot dead outside workplace

By Gyasi Gonzales

A DIEGO MARTIN man who was employed at Peake Trading Ltd in Cocorite was gunned down yesterday morning just as he was about to enter his workplace.
Police said Khalil Blanchfields, 21, was seen walking toward the entrance of the store, located off the Audrey Jeffers Highway, around 8.10 a.m., when he was hurriedly approached by a man who had alighted from a maxi-taxi.
The killer is said to have calmly walked up to the Savannah Terrace, Diego Martin, man and opened fire, shooting him eight times until dead.
The killer then walked off.
The murder occurred in front of scores of motorists who were heading west and, as they slowed down to get a better look at the scene, a heavy traffic jam ensued which backed up as far as the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Police said they did not have a definite motive for the shooting in broad daylight, but they said although Blanchfields was a suspect in a few criminal activities, he was never arrested as there was never enough evidence to lay a charge.
The Express also interviewed an employee of the trading company, who described Blanchfields as a very good friend of his.
He confirmed Blanchfields began working at the company on July 17.
“He was the kind of man who was always on time for work and always made the extra effort for the company, and he never had any trouble with anyone while he was here,” said the man.
He said when his supervisor ran out of the building yesterday morning, it was then he realised something was terribly wrong.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.
The murder toll stood at 362 for 2013, up to last night.
The corresponding murder toll for 2012 at December 2 was 361.
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