Dou­ble mur­der rocks Port­land

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Gareth Davis Gleaner Writer

ASHREWSBERRY, Port­land: DAR­ING early morn­ing killing of two res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity of Shrews­berry, Port­land, has pushed the parish’s mur­der rate into dou­ble fig­ures.

The grue­some killings came less than eight hours af­ter high­rank­ing of­fi­cials from the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy, the Min­istry of National Se­cu­rity, mem­bers of par­lia­ment, the busi­ness com­mu­nity, and other stake­hold­ers met at the Ken Wright ship­ping pier in Port An­to­nio on Satur­day to re­view the in­crease in ma­jor crime af­fect­ing law-abid­ing res­i­dents in ar­guably the most peace­ful parish and to come up with so­lu­tions.

But while that meet­ing was deemed a success, hours af­ter, the lives of Garfield Fos­ter and Ken­ton My­ers were snuffed out by al­leged gun­men who rid­dled their bod­ies with bul­lets in a heav­ily pop­u­lated neigh­bour­hood in that com­mu­nity.

Po­lice sources re­vealed that both men, res­i­dents of Shrews­berry, were walk­ing along that road­way shortly af­ter 3 a.m. on Sun­day, on their way to a wake af­ter re­turn­ing from a dance in the area. Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the two were pounced upon by un­known as­sailants, who shot them mul­ti­ple times, killing them on the spot.

The po­lice also re­cov­ered 10 spent shells at the crime scene.

The law­men have the­o­rised that My­ers was killed in an act of reprisal as he was al­legedly in­volved in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion with a woman some time ago.

The po­lice say a man, who is be­lieved to be the fa­ther of the woman’s child, is be­ing sought for ques­tion­ing.

It is be­lieved that a gun­man from En­field in St Mary was con­tracted to carry out the shooting.

The dou­ble killing brings to 12 the num­ber of per­sons killed in the parish since the start of 2016.

Last year, at this time, the parish had recorded eight mur­ders and was the only parish re­main­ing in sin­gle-digit fig­ures for mur­der is­land­wide.

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