One man has been taken into custody on “reasonable suspicion of murder” after a Delaware native was shot and killed in Jamaica on Saturday, police from the island nation said.
“The suspect’s identity cannot be released at this time,” said Cpl. S. Mullings with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, adding that more updates would be provided as they become available.
Timothy Harper, 43, was picking up his wife from work when a man approached his vehicle and opened fire, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
Timothy Harper, who is originally from Smyrna and went to Caravel Academy, was picking up his wife from work about 9:05 p.m. when a man approached his vehicle and opened fire, police said on Monday.
Harper, 43, suffered several gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead, the Jamaica Constabulary Force said.
Close friend Frank Am said Harper moved to Jamaica to be with his young daughters Alex and Charlotte. Both Harper’s wife, Tressan, and his ex-wife, Jenne, live in Jamaica, another friend, Andrew Johnson said.
“His kids were his lifeline,” Am said. “He loved those kids so much. They lived with him in Jamaica.”
Frank Am with his friend Tim Harper’s daughters.
Frank Am with his friend Tim Harper’s daughters. (Photo11: Courtesy of Frank Am)
Harper was an information technology consultant, police said. He was living in Westmoreland, the westernmost parish of Jamaica, part time and was killed in the resort town of Negril.
Am said Harper hired him at his first job in Maryland and they became best friends. They worked together at Sourcefire, a Columbia, Maryland, cybersecurity company later acquired by Cisco.
Harper’s LinkedIn profile said he went to the University of Delaware, and after working at Cisco worked as a technical lead for Tata Consultancy Services, which provides a range of cybersecurity and technical services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other countries.
The LinkedIn profile said Harper also worked at Majestic Consulting Group in New Jersey from 2002 to 2003.
He graduated from Caravel Academy in 1993 and was in the National Honor Society, according to The News Journal’s archives.
Timothy Harper was shot and killed in Jamaica on Saturday, police there confirmed.
“Tim was a genuine friend who always put his family and friends above his needs,” Am said. “He was the type of person that can adjust and adapt to his environment and everyone. He was a good leader and motivated me in every business activity we worked on. He was full of life, and he lived his life to the fullest. I loved him and will surely miss him.”
Johnson, one of Harper’s friends from Delaware who has since moved to California, said Harper had dual citizenship in the U.S. and Jamaica.
Johnson is encouraging family and friends to call the U.S. Embassy in Kingston to demand answers and seek justice for Harper.
“I am trying to help get to the bottom of who killed him and why,” he said. “I care too much to allow his death to get pushed aside.”
In 2017, the Embassy in Kingston received reports from Jamaican police or the victims themselves of six U.S. citizens murdered; 20 U.S. citizens robbed; 12 U.S. citizens raped/sexually assaulted; six U.S. victims of aggravated assaults; four incidents of domestic violence involving Americans; four instances of child abuse involving American children; and one actual missing persons case, according to a 2018 report.
Those numbers are not all-inclusive, as many crimes are often not brought to the attention of the embassy or to the police. Many murders have been attributed to gangs and drug and gun trafficking.
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