UTech condemns killing of doctor, says slain medical professional had just completed doctoral studies at institution

The University of Technology has condemned the 'senseless murder' of Dr Garth Officer.

Dr Officer was shot dead last Friday shortly after he drove up to his house on Charlton Avenue, which is located off Shortwood Road in St Andrew.

UTecch, in a news release, described the slain doctor as one of its own, noting that he had just completed his course of study for the Doctorate of Medical Dentistry in preparation for graduation this year.

The University community and especially faculty, staff and students in the College of Oral Health Sciences are deeply saddened by the vicious killing, the university said.

According to Dr Irving McKenzie, Dean of the College, “Dr Officer was an excellent ambassador for UTech, Jamaica who chose to be a part of the UTech family to make a difference." 

Professor Stephen Vasciannie, President, said “the life of another of Jamaica’s talented sons has been snuffed out by a senseless murder. The University offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr Officer who must be experiencing enormous grief at this time.” 

Dr Officer was a medical doctor, nutritionist and chiropractor.   

The police have not disclosed a motive for the killing. 

FEATURED PHOTO: Crime scene on Charlton Avenue where Dr Garth Officer was shot dead last Friday.