Pictured: British man, 33, shot dead two days after arriving in Jamaica where he planned to meet his father’s family for the first time
- Sean Patterson was found with gunshot wounds to his head and upper body
- He had only travelled to Jamaica two days before his killing to visit family
- Mother Lesley Wright said she has ‘lost her baby’ and is ‘absolutely broken’
The heartbroken mother of a British man shot dead in Jamaica told today how her son had travelled to the Caribbean island for the first time to meet family.
Lesley Wright said her youngest son Sean Patterson, 33, had only been in the country for two days when he was murdered.
He lived with his fiancée in Hounslow and the couple were planning on marrying later this year.
Speaking to MailOnline at her home in Shepherds Bush, West London, Mrs Wright, 63, said: ‘I’ve lost my baby. No mother should have to bury her child.
Lesley Wright said her youngest son Sean Patterson, 33, had only been in the country for two days when he was murdered
‘He’d gone to Jamaica with my godson and one of my best friends and had only been there for two days.
‘He’d been having the time of his life. He’d never been before but sent me a photo of himself basking in the sunshine and a video of himself leaping off a cliff into the sea.
‘Sean has family in Jamaica through his father. They are very well-to-do over there and he’d hoped to meet them. He never got the chance.’
Officers from Montego Bay Police received reports that the 33-year-old was standing by the pool of the guesthouse when witnesses heard ‘loud explosions’.
Mr Patterson was taken to hospital but could not be saved.
Mrs Wright added: ‘The local police have told me that Sean was at a big party over New Year and was sitting by a pool talking to friends.
Sean Patterson was standing by the pool of the guesthouse where he was staying, pictured, in Jamaica when witnesses heard ‘loud explosions’
‘Someone pulled at his arm and he shrugged the person off but about four gunshots were fired immediately afterwards and Sean was hit in the upper body.
‘I don’t know any other details but he wouldn’t quarrel with anyone, he just wasn’t the argumentative type.
‘ I’m absolutely broken, I’ll never be the same again.
‘He has four sisters and three brothers and he was the youngest. He was born premature and for a while it was touch and go as to whether he would survive.
‘But he grew up to be the loveliest, sweetest boy and the kindest, most happy-go-lucky man.
‘He worked as a personal trainer and had been with his girlfriend for about 13 or 14-years. They’d got engaged about five years ago and were hoping to marry later this year.
‘They lived in Hounslow and had a dog. His fiancée is in bits, devastated. As the whole family are.
Mr Patterson, a personal trainer from west London, was taken to hospital but could not be saved
‘People say that Jamaica is a paradise but there is a lot of violence there, so many guns and so much poverty.
‘We hope for justice and that my son’s killer is taken off the street where they can’t hurt anyone else and destroy another family.
‘Sean was a diamond who shone bright and when he shone, he lit up everyone’s life.’
A family source told MailOnline that a man being held on suspicion of Sean’s murder had been living previously in London but had been deported back to Jamaica.
The source said: ‘Sean had been friends with the man when he lived in the UK and had sent him money, trainers and clothing when he was sent back to Jamaica.
‘What he has got to do with it we just don’t know yet but he’s in custody in Jamaica and is apparently involved somehow.’
A 34-year-old man has been taken into custody, according to local media
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson confirmed they are currently ‘supporting the family of a British man who died in Jamaica and are in contact with the local authorities’.