BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter Thursday, January 12, 2017
The peace and tranquility of this Hanover farming community were shattered after unknown gun-toting assassins snuffed out the lives of two well-loved community members Saturday night.
The dead men have been identified as 63-year-old shopkeeper, Vernon Hall, also called ‘Chinno Man’ and 55- year-old cabinetmaker Patrick Robinson, both of Mount Peace in the parish.
|VERNON HALL … one of the two men killed in|
the Mount Peace community on Saturday night.
The Hanover police were summoned to the rustic community at about 8:30 pm Saturday after a barrage of gunshots disturbed the quiet of the night.
Upon the arrival of the police, the blood-soaked, bullet-riddled bodies of the two members of the closely-knit community were discovered a short distance apart. Both men were believed to have been sitting on a bamboo bench, close to Hall’s shop, when the armed hoodlums pounced.
When the Jamaica Observer West visited the community earlier this week, the team was told that Hall’s daughter, Chantoy Hall, who heard the gunfire while at home, received the shocking news via telephone that her father was one of victims of the explosions she earlier heard.
“I couldn’t believe,” recounted a distraught Chantoy, who last spoke to her father after she left church Saturday afternoon.
“He was well-loved. Hardworking.”
Hall’s brother, Dennis, who said that the tragic incident has left him “stressed out,” told Observer West team he had a premonition of his brother’s death.
“I did feel it. The night before I woke up with a terrible headache, but I never knew where it [was] coming from,” the depressed brother reflected.
|DENNIS HALL… he [Vernon Hall] |
was well loved and hardworking
According to one Mount Pace resident, had Hall, who was a Rastafarian, accompany fellow members of the faith to a function in Clarendon, his life might have been spared.
“Two brethren came for him to_ travel to Nyabinghi drumming in Clarendon, but he told them he was unable to make it as he was going to participate in a domino tournament in the community the following day,” the Observer West was told.
The elder shopkeeper was well respected by Mount Peace residents, the Observer West was told
“If he even leave his business establishment open and gone nobody don’t rob him because him a good man, “ a grieving man said.
Residents also had fond memories of Robinson, who in recent years returned to live in the community, after leaving for a while. more