One person has been detained in relation to the murder of Akeem Reid, the 25-year-old man who was struck with a car while he was in an altercation with a group of men on Tuesday.
Police sources told Newsday today that the man is now in police custody assisting with investigations. The car with which he was struck was also taken into evidence.
An autopsy was done on Reid’s body yesterday, at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. Pathologists confirmed Reid died from blunt force trauma.
On Tuesday at about 8 am, Reid and two friends of his got into a fight with a man while on St John Road. The fight broke out because he and his friends went to visit a female companion with whom he was in a relationship for five months. But when he went there, another man from a previous relationship that his female companion was in, appeared at the woman’s house.
While the men were fighting, the former lover of Reid’s female companion called for help, and his friends from the area joined the fray.
The fight turned into a full-fledged brawl.
During the fracas, one of the men jumped into a car that Reid used to get to the area, started it and rammed Reid, throwing him off the road and down into a precipice.
Reid was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Centre, where he died later that day.
Police officers investigating the case are now treating it like a homicide.
Relatives yesterday told Newsday reporters that they were thankful that police were moving quickly. They said Reid’s funeral has been tentatively set for this coming Saturday.