Jamaica Crime News, St James: The year 2018 ended in the parish of St James, with a total of 101 persons been murdered.
The St James police have now reported that this figure, compared to 335 persons being killed in the previous year, is a massive decline and one of the largest declines in murders to take place in the island’s history.
The most recent victims have been identified as 59-year-old Delroy Stephenson of Gutters district and an unidentified male whose body was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds in the Cambridge policing area.
Stephenson was shot and killed by unknown assailants on December 28, in the vicinity of his home at Guinep Way in Gutters. The unidentified male, who some persons say is from Lucea in Hanover, was shot and killed in Seven Rivers farm area of Cambridge, about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.
The police say the unidentified man who suffered a broken left arm which was in a cast, was discovered lying in his back, in a ditch, with gunshot wounds to his eye and mouth.
The victim appears to be in his early thirties and was clad in shorts, red underpants, and a yellow, black and green polo shirt.
Prior to those two murders, 27-year-old Mark Reynolds, laborer of Buena Vista district in Anchovy policing area, was shot and killed in his community by gunmen, just days before Christmas.
Reports by the police are that about 1:00 p.m., Reynolds was walking along the roadway in his community, when he was ambushed and shot by two armed men.
The police have reported that during the last eight weeks of 2018, they have seen a rise in murders committed, especially in and around the Barnett Street policing area.
With only a few weeks remaining for the State of Public Emergency in the parish, the Area One High Command is now back at the drawing board, forming new crime fighting methods, with which to approach the months ahead.