10 Persons Murdered in St James in 11 Days

Latest Jamaica News, St James (McKoy’s News): Residents residing in the parish of St James are reporting that the State of Public emergency is starting to prove far less than its worth, following the murders of 10 persons in a period of 11 days, over the past two weeks.

The latest victims have been identified as Nicholas Anthony Salmon, of Glendevon, 28-year-old Conrod Lawrence, otherwise called “40”,  and Lewis Woodburn, both farmers, were gunned down in Belfont, Catadupa on Saturday, and Sunday respectively.

Reports are that on Wednesday morning, Salmon went to visit his father in Rough Road area of Salt Spring, when he was attacked in the yard and shot to death.

Three days prior to him being killed, Lawrence was driving a Voxy bus towards the directions of his home in Belfont, about 10:00 p.m., on Saturday, when he was ambushed and shot by armed men lurking at his gate. He crashed the vehicle in a neighbor’s yard and ran from the bus where he collapsed.

His body was discovered about 7:00 a.m., on Sunday. Then about 9:00 a.m., on Monday, Lewis was walking along a section of Belfont community when he was ambushed and shot to death by a group of armed men.

Three other persons were shot and killed over the past three days, Montego Bay businessman Andrew “Andy” Chin, was kidnapped from his home and taken to his business place in downtown Montego Bay, where he was robbed and then shot to death.

Also, 20-year-old Vardian Banton, otherwise called “Bushead” of Glendevon was shot and killed in Granville on Monday morning about 12:30 a.m., while a female whose identity has been given as 36-year-old Suzette Reid, of Lindos Hill in Whithorn, Westmoreland, was discovered murdered along a dirt track in Westgate, about 3:00 p.m., on Monday.

The police say they have now launched an investigation into the latest string of murders.

Since the start of the year, 95 persons have been murdered within the parish of St James, which has been under a state of public emergency since later May.

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