Murder tally hits double digits in first three days of 2018
Jamaica’s murder tally appears to have already hit double digit figures just three days into the New Year, with the bloodletting from 2017 spilling over into 2018.
Following reports early Tuesday that some five persons were murdered in several parishes including St Ann, Westmoreland, St Catherine and Clarendon inside the first two days of 2018, police reports on Wednesday indicate that five persons were killed during a shooting spree in Clarendon on Tuesday.
A teenage boy is among the latest victims.
According to reports, 17-year-old Odane Baker of Rules Pen in Denbigh, was shot and killed by gunmen about 1:00 pm Tuesday. And also in Denbigh, a body was found on Allan Street. The identity has not been released.
Meanwhile, about 8:00 pm Tuesday, 39-year-old taxi operator, Orlando Beckford of the Glenmuir housing scheme was shot and killed while operating his taxi which plied the Hayes to May Pen route. According to the police, Beckford stopped to let off a passenger in the vicinity of Girls Town when he was approached by gunmen who shot him. He managed to drive his vehicle close to the Hayes police station and was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
About 8:15 pm, a barber identified as 33-year-old Fitzroy Paul Joseph, was attacked and shot by gunmen while at his friend’s house in the fishing village of Rocky Point. The gunmen reportedly kicked in the door and opened fire hitting him several times in the upper body.
Over in York Town, 40-year-old Franklyn Morgan was riding his bicycle in the community when he was shot and killed by a lone gunman. Residents heard explosions and called the police. On their arrival Morgan was found on the side of the road.
Some 167 murders took place in Clarendon in 2017.
In the meantime, the relatively peaceful parish of St. Thomas has recorded its first murder for 2018.
According to the police, 40-year-old Otis Williams, otherwise called Carlos of Old Harbour, St Catherine, was shot and killed by gunmen in the parish capital of Morant Bay. Williams had reportedly gone to the dump operated by the National Solid Waste Management Authority at Church Corner, Morant Bay about 6:00 pm where he pulled down an unoccupied board house owned by his brother.
While awaiting transportation from the area, he was approached by a gunman who shot him in the chest killing him on the spot. No motive has been established for the killing.