The Jamaican Gleaner has a small piece on the preliminary inquiry into the background of the hijacker, Stephen Fray:
Stephen Fray is being described as jovial, timid and reserved by friends and members of his community in Albion, Montego Bay. The 21 year old is a former student of the Mount Alvernia Preparatory School, Cornwall College and graduated from the Montego Bay Community College last year.
He lives with his father and grandmother in the quiet residential Albion community and is viewed by neighbours as polite and helpful. But the Gleaner Power 106 News has learnt that he has been dealing with serious personal issues. Its understood that he was upset because of a failed relationship.
Fray was an avid track and field athlete while he attended Mount Alvernia Prep and excelled at academics. The Fray family is renowned for business in Montego Bay. Stephen’s grandfather once operated a furniture store, and some of his other relatives are said to operate their own businesses. Its understood that Stephen’s father is a licensed firearm holder and his sister is employed to the Sangster International Airport.
This suggests Stephen Fray didn’t come from an underclass or under privileged background. Although I must say, having survived a few ‘failed’ relationships in my day; hijacking a plane to go to Cuba does rather strike me as a rather novel approach to dealing with a failed relationship…live and learn I suppose.