An­guish in An­chovy

Foot­ball com­pe­ti­tions called off as res­i­dents mourn at­tack that leaves two dead and four in­jured

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Corey Robinson Staff Re­porter corey.robinson@glean­erjm.com

RES­I­DENTS OF the rus­tic com­mu­nity of King Gate in An­chovy, St James, where six per­sons were shot, two fa­tally, on Sun­day dur­ing a foot­ball game, re­mained shell-shocked yes­ter­day, fear­ing that the rash of mur­ders that has af­fected sec­tions of Mon­tego Bay have now reached their com­mu­nity.

“Not in this part! I have been here 50-some­thing years and this is the first time this com­mu­nity see­ing dem some­thing here,” be­moaned Marva, who lives me­tres from where one of the men, 18-year-old Ryon Hinds, died on top of a grave af­ter be­ing shot in the head.

The other man, Ri­cardo Thomp­son, 23, died at hos­pi­tal, while the in­jured per­sons were still ad­mit­ted in se­ri­ous con­di­tion up to yes­ter­day.

“About two years ago, a man said to be of un­sound mind cut off a lady hand. The two of them did share the place and were ar­gu­ing,” added the woman, as she glanced at the sky, seem­ingly search­ing for ad­di­tional mem­o­ries.

“And about six years ago there was a bus rob­bery down the road and them shot and kill a youth. Those two in­ci­dents, there’s no more I can re­mem­ber any­where near here,” she con­tin­ued.

“Me not say­ing that teeth and tongue don’t meet, peo­ple ar­gue, but then they al­ways get back. What hap­pened Sun­day is a first here,” re­peated the mother of two men – one a taxi op­er­a­tor and the other a me­chanic – both in their 30s.

None of the res­i­dents who

spoke with The Gleaner yes­ter­day would guess what pro­pelled two gun­men to walk up the nar­row, de­te­ri­o­rat­ing road that leads to the foot­ball field at the top of a hill in the com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the res­i­dents, all

they know is that the gun­men stepped into a small wooden shop op­po­site the field, or­dered a drink, and, once out­side, turned and sprayed the oc­cu­pants with bul­lets.

The ex­plo­sions ended not only the game, but also a vi­brant com­mu­nity foot­ball tour­na­ment that started in July and was to cul­mi­nate next month.

“Six peo­ple get shot and the young youth, me hear him get shot in him head. Him run go lay dung pon the grave round there. If you look right now you see the blood spot turn black,” in­ter­jected a younger woman, hint­ing at a ghostly sym­bol­ism in the young man’s fi­nal act.

The res­i­dents said the two men killed worked on a nearby con­struc­tion site.

Yes­ter­day made a week since Hinds moved into King Gate to live with his mother to take up the job op­por­tu­nity, while Thomp­son was pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate his 24th birthday this week.

Hinds’ mother was yes­ter­day said to have left the com­mu­nity to grieve with rel­a­tives nearby, while res­i­dents said the or­gan­iser of the foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion would be too shaken to speak.

“It is not just Mon­tego Bay, it is all over. These are the fi­nal days. God tell us about these days. The po­lice, no­body can do any­thing about it. All we have to do now is pray and ask God to in­ter­vene,” said Marva, as she joined oth­ers in call­ing for di­vine in­ter­ven­tion to stop the blood­let­ting in Mon­tego Bay.

A res­i­dent of King Gate in An­chovy, St James, speaks about the shoot­ing in­ci­dent. HINDS’ MOTHER GRIEVES

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