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Mockford’s family is not convinced that the motive was robbery. A British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, quoted an unnamed relative as saying the family believed the killing had the hallmarks of a professional hit, although they could not imagine a motive.
A spokesman for ExxonMobil said Friday the company was “shocked by the very tragic death.” The company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, did not immediately respond to further requests for comment.
Mockford grew up in Leicestershire in the English Midlands. He reportedly moved abroad years ago, living in Belgium and Singapore. He is believed to have worked for ExxonMobil since the 1970s and was head of marketing for interim technologies for ExxonMobil Chemicals, Europe, promoting new types of greener fuel.
He had been married to his wife, who is Belgian, for 15 years. His three adult children from his first marriage live in Britain, the Telegraph said.
Mockford was also a sailor and a golfer. A sailing team of which he was a member reportedly won a race in the English Channel last year.
And for the last seven years or so he had been a member of the Steenpoel Golf Club, a nine-hole course just outside Brussels. The club secretary, Andrew Watson, told The Associated Press that Mockford was a keen if ordinary golfer, showing up about once a week.
“Everybody at this club is completely shocked,” Watson said. “He was a very easy going guy. Very polite, very pleasant.”
“Absolutely not!” Watson said. “He never had a bad word about anyone.”
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