Chil­dren robbed of par­ents by heart­less gun­men

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Hopeton.buc­knor@glean­erjm.com

THREE CHIL­DREN – two lit­tle boys and a three­year-old girl – will now have to face life with­out at least one par­ent in the wake of yes­ter­day’s quadru­ple mur­der in Mase­mure Mead­ows, Lit­tle Lon­don, West­more­land.

The com­mu­nity will also have to en­dure the pain of los­ing one of the most skilled fur­ni­ture­mak­ers and one of its gifted mu­si­cians.

Early yes­ter­day morn­ing, four mem­bers of one fam­ily were mur­dered in Mase­mure Mead­ows. They are 31-year-old Howard Humes, a taxi-op­er­a­tor and ho­tel mu­si­cian; his 33-yearold brother, Paulton ‘Dwight’ Humes, who works on the over­seas farm work pro­gramme but who is also renowned for his fur­ni­ture­mak­ing skills; 23-year-old con­struc­tion worker Sha­vane Humes, known as the com­mu­nity’s jester; and fash­ion-con­scious Keneisha Wil­son, a 25-year-old ho­tel house­keeper.

THOSE LEFT BE­HIND

Wil­son and the el­der of the Humes brothers, who were in a com­mon-law re­la­tion­ship, leave be­hind a five-year-old son, Paulton Humes Jr. The young child wit­nessed the grue­some mur­der of his par­ents but was spared by their killers.

Also left with­out a dad is 10-year-old Kevon Humes, the only child for his fa­ther, Howard. De­spite his busy sched­ule as a taxi op­er­a­tor and mu­si­cian, Howard is said to have spent qual­ity time with his son.

The lit­tle girl, who will now have to face life with­out her dad, is Kel­cie Humes, the only child of Sha­vane Humes, who, like his two un­cles, per­ished at the hands of gun­men.

For res­i­dents, all three men were seen as good per­sons whose col­lec­tive skills sets were con­sid­ered an as­set to the ru­ral com­mu­nity, which sits mid­way be­tween Sa­vanna-la-Mar and Ne­gril.

“We have lost three hard-work­ing men who were all quite pro­gres­sive,” a res­i­dent told The Gleaner. “Dwight (Paulton) was the most (skil­ful) when it comes to mak­ing fur­ni­ture. Howard was a man of mu­sic, and Sha­vane was al­ways mak­ing us laugh. As for Keneisha, she was just a sweet girl who was full of am­bi­tion.”

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