Trelawny, Jamaica: 4 Murders in Less Than a Week Shake Up Usain Bolt’s Parish of Birth

Trelawny, Jamaica: 4 Murders in Less Than a Week Shake Up Usain Bolt’s Parish of Birth

The once quiet and peaceful western Jamaica parish of Trelawny was transformed into a virtual killing field over the past week causing concern and panic in some sections of the birthplace of athletic greats Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell Brown, former Prime Minister Hugh Shearer, among other prominent Jamaicans.

And equally concerned are police personnel based in the parish, whose senior representative yesterday appealed to residents to provide information, regardless of how insignificant it may seem to be, as they launched investigations into four murders in the parish over the past week.

“We are appealing to persons with information on these killings to come in and speak to us,” commanding officer in charge of the Trelawny Police Division Superintendent Clive Blair told the Jamaica Observer.

The latest killings — in what has been described as one of the bloodiest weeks in the parish in recent times — occurred in the Clarks Town section of the parish on Friday night when 24-year-old auto technician Shamar Williams and his 19-year-old girlfriend Monique Waldo, both from the community, were ambushed.

Police report that the couple left their home in a Toyota Corolla motor car shortly before 10 o’clock on Friday to purchase food. The police say upon returning home they were ambushed and shot several times by armed men who were lurking in the dark.

The police, who were summoned to the scene, found the bloodied bodies of the couple in the front of the car with multiple gunshot wounds. They reportedly died on the spot.

The incident followed on the heels of the murder of Hyacinthia Wright, the widow of Joseph Wright, a former mayor of Falmouth. The body of the 78-year-old widow was found with her throat slashed at her business establishment in the town around 4:30 pm on Wednesday.

A day earlier 36-year-old taxi operator Dwayne Marrett, of a Daniel Town address in Trelawny, was shot dead by unknown assailants, also in Falmouth.

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Jamaica Observer