BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter SALT MARSH, Trelawny Thursday, September 24, 2015
A year ago it would have been preposterous to even consider that this normally quiet, peaceful seaside community would be the number one hot spot on the Trelawny Police Division's radar.
But the frequent onslaught by gunmen, which has left six people dead in recent weeks, has forced Commander of the Trelawny Police Division Superintendent Clive Blair to place the spotlight on the community located on the periphery of Falmouth, Trelawny's capital.
|REID... partially decomposed body was found in bushes|
PLUMMER... peppered with bullets (R)
"This community is the number one community that is of concern to me as the commanding officer. When I look at the parish and make a general assessment of the other communities that are termed as hot spots, this is the number one. Sad to say, but with the recent happenings in your community it has dawned on me to put more attention here, because we don't want it to get out of hand. We want to nip it in the bud as early as possible," Superintendent Blair disclosed during a meeting with members of the community at the Salt Marsh All-Age School last week, which was convened to address the recent spate of murders.
The most recent homicide was reported just over a week ago in a section of the community called 'Wharf', where 20-year-old Michael Brown, who was also called 'Chris' of a Anchovy, St James address, was gunned down by unknown assailants.
|BLAIR... blamed migrating criminals for upsurge in murder.|
His death came sharply on the heels of that of Rasheem Fearon, 25, also called 'Shema', who was killed by gunmen in a section of the community called 'Common', as she was returning from a night football game.
Fearon was killed even as the community was still mourning the murder of 57-year-old construction worker Lenroy Plummer, who was also peppered with bullets by an assassin in 'Common'.
The community earlier mourned the death of
54-year-old Wesley Reid, whose partially decomposed corpse was discovered in bushes, where he fled for refuge, three days after he was chased by gunmen. more