The husband of a magistrate was shot five times early Saturday morning and died in hospital several hours later–leaving his family in a state of shock.
Noted attorney Dennis Gomez, 57, who was married to Magistrate Jeanine Weech-Gomez, died at approximately 9:30 that night, his cousin Damian Gomez, who is also an attorney, toldThe Guardianyesterday.
“The family is reeling from this,”Gomez said.
“It’s very troubling that we live in this type of community where life seems so cheap. We are in a period of mourning now.”According to preliminary police reports, Dennis Gomez was leaving his law office, Gomez and Co., on York Street, off Shirley Street, around 1:40 a.m. with a female when they were approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun.
“It is reported that a struggle ensued between the culprits and the male, which resulted in the victim receiving multiple gunshot injuries to the body,”said Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings, police press liaison officer.
Damian Gomez said police suspect the incident may have been a robbery or an attempted robbery, but he added that the family has only gotten a few details. It is unclear whether anything was actually stolen.
Nonetheless, he said when his family learned about the shooting they were surprised.
“Dennis was a quiet, hard working guy. He had a wry sense of humor. One wouldn’t expect him to be gunned down. I mean it’s just odd,”Gomez said.
He added that Magistrate Weech-Gomez is likely more shocked than anyone else.
“I’m worried about Jeanine. She’s coping. I guess she’s more shocked but she’s putting up a good front,”Gomez said.
The family is hoping to arrange the funeral for next Saturday.
Gomez’s death brought the country’s murder count to seven for the year. The murder count stood at six this same time last year-which ended with a record 94 murders.