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Jamaica Observer / THE parents of late businesswoman Simone Campbell-Collymore say they are “appreciative” of the progress of the police investigation into their daughter’s murder, after a warrant of arrest was yesterday issued for her husband Omar Collymore. “We are very appreciative of the work that the police are doing and the progress that is being made, because it has been really difficult for the family,” Campbell-Collymore’s father Wayne Campbell told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

He was not willing to speak further on the matter, but said: “I’m just waiting on the process.”

Meanwhile, the late businesswoman’s mother, Karen Campbell, said she hopes justice will be served for the brutal killing of her daughter.

According to media reports, on January 2, the 32-year-old mother of two was travelling in a taxi on Stanley Terrace in Red Hills, St Andrew, when gunmen opened fire, hitting her and the driver of the taxi, Winston Walters. Both reportedly died on the spot.

“Detectives are asking Omar Collymore to turn himself in to the police immediately, as a warrant has now been prepared for his arrest and charge,” a release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit said yesterday.

The police said after “intensive investigations” by the Constant Spring Police Station, Collymore and others have been identified as co-conspirators in the double murder.

The police also revealed in the statement that two people are already in custody in connection with the double murder and other suspects are being sought for questioning.

Collymore, who is said to be a United States national, is being asked by the police to report to the Constant Spring Criminal Investigations Branch, the Major Investigations Division or the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters at 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

Last month, Collymore and another man were shot and injured at Allied Insurance Brokers Limited on Belmont Road in Kingston, just days before his wife’s funeral.

— Deandra Morrison

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