Fears over hunt for killer of Leeds footballer

Renwich Parkinson.
Renwich Parkinson.
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Friends of a promising Leeds footballer shot dead in Jamaica fear his killer will never be brought to justice.

Former Garforth Town player Renwich ‘Kumar’ Parkinson, 23, died in the Montego Bay area of the island last June.

Nearly one year on, however, it is thought police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

Efforts by Garforth Town owner Simon Clifford to get to the bottom of Renwich’s death with the help of lawyers in the UK and Jamaica have also drawn a blank.

Mr Clifford told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It seems as though the whole thing has been brushed under the carpet.

“What happened is a tragedy and knowing the person responsible is probably still out there just makes it worse.”

Renwich grew up in Chapeltown and went to Allerton Grange High School.

He moved to Jamaica around the start of 2010, keen to make a fresh start after being found not guilty of drugs charges following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

The decision initially seemed to have paid off, with Renwich playing for a leading island football team and becoming a father.

However, he is also known to have been involved in a dispute with local youths.

Renwich was killed at home on June 28 last year. Reports in Jamaica said police were involved in the incident.

Last year the YEP was told inquiries about the case should be addressed to the island’s Independent Commission of Investigations (Indecom).

It was set up to look into what Jamaica’s parliament described as “alleged abuses ... by members of the security forces”.

The UK’s Foreign Office today told the YEP it had no updates about Renwich’s case.

A request to Indecom for new information, meanwhile, went unanswered.

* A fundraising match in Renwich’s memory at Garforth Town last year was attended by one of his teenage pals, Manchester City star Micah Richards.

Mr Clifford is currently trying to arrange some high-profile opposition for Garforth to face in a similar game this summer.

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