Four slaugh­tered in Lit­tle Lon­don mas­sacre

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Hopeton Buc­knor, Adrian Frater/ Gleaner Writ­ers

RES­I­DENTS OF Mase­mure Mead­ows in Lit­tle Lon­don, West­more­land, woke up to, pos­si­bly, their worst fears yes­ter­day morn­ing when they were greeted with the hor­ri­fy­ing news that four mem­bers of the com­mu­nity – three men and a woman – had been slaugh­tered gang­land-style by in­vad­ing gun­men who en­tered the com­mu­nity shortly after mid­night.

“A lit­tle bit after mid­night, I heard sev­eral shots com­ing from near the en­trance to the scheme, and then I heard shout­ing and scream­ing,” said a res­i­dent, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied. “I knew right away that the devil was at work and some­thing bad was hap­pen­ing.

“Shortly after the shoot­ings, I heard sev­eral mo­tor­bikes revving up and rid­ing away. When the place got calm, we went to in­ves­ti­gate and found that the doors of all three houses were kicked down and bod­ies were in all three,” con­tin­ued the res­i­dent. “We alerted the po­lice to what was hap­pen­ing.”

The four vic­tims, who all suf­fered mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds, were iden­ti­fied as brothers, 31-year-old Howard Humes, a taxi op­er­a­tor and mu­si­cian; and 33-year-old Paulton ‘Dwight’ Humes, who worked on the over­seas farm work pro­gramme in Canada. The third man, 23-year-old Sha­vane Humes, a con­struc­tion worker, is the nephew of the other two men. The lone fe­male was iden­ti­fied as 25-year-old Keneisha Wil­son, a ho­tel house­keeper and the com­mon-law wife of the older brother.

When The Gleaner vis­ited the com­mu­nity

shortly after 9:30 a.m. yes­ter­day, the three onebed­room houses, which, ear­lier, had been pro­cessed by the po­lice, were all empty. Bits and pieces of crime-scene tape were scat­tered in the yard. Some res­i­dents were stand­ing by the road­way dis­cussing the in­ci­dent in hushed tones. Many were re­luc­tant to speak to The Gleaner.

“I have been liv­ing here for many years, and it is the first time that some­thing like this has hap­pened in this com­mu­nity,” said an­other res­i­dent, who re­fused to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble mo­tive for the shoot­ings with The Gleaner. “We never ex­pected to have any­thing like this in our com­mu­nity.”

While most res­i­dents were seem­ingly shocked by the in­ci­dent, Ken­neth Wil­son, the fa­ther of Keneisha (Wil­son), seemed to have been aware that some­thing un­to­ward was loom­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Wil­son, he had heard re­ports that the area was not safe and that the brothers were likely to be tar­geted by gun­men.

“I heard that threats were be­ing made against the brothers, and I had warned my daugh­ter about go­ing into that area, but she did not lis­ten to me,” said Wil­son, who openly shed tears for his daugh­ter. “If she had lis­tened to me, she would be sit­ting at my feet right now.”

Wil­son’s mother, Pheona Mal­colm Wil­son, also cried openly as she told The Gleaner that just two nights ago, her daugh­ter was in church with her.

“She was a Chris­tian, but she branched away. She was a God-fear­ing girl who never do any­body any­thing,” said the dis­traught mother. “May God res­cue her soul! She was a good girl.”

The West­more­land po­lice, who have been see­ing in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of mur­der in the par­ish this year, said the shoot­ing is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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