Jamaica Police: Trelawny Killings Are Gang-related
The Trelawny police have theorised that Friday morning’s bloodbath which left three residents, including two females dead and three others hospitalised, is the result of a St James war between two rival gangs that migrated to the parish some time ago.
The deceased, all of Trelawny addresses, have been identified as 26-year-old bartender Tachae Black, also called Tash, of Wakefield; and 25-year-old Shanielia Clarke, who also goes by the moniker Sukie, and 24-year-old Daniel Williams, affectionately called Alkaline, both unemployed of Bounty Hall.
Reports are that about 1:45 am a black Toyota Voxy motor car with six occupants pulled up at a house in a section of Bounty Hall called Belgium when they were ensnared by four men, three of whom were armed with high-powered rifles. The gunmen peppered the vehicle with gunshots.
Jamaica police also say the deceased were a case of mistaken identity and pointed out that the target of the gunmen drove a vehicle similar to the Voxy in which the six, who were said to have been returning from an entertainment event, were travelling.
The triple murder was the first killings recorded in the parish since the start of the year. The Trelawny police enjoyed a 26 per cent reduction in murders in the parish last year, with 17 murders, six less than the 23 recorded in 2020. Trelawny, which tallied the second lowest number of murders across the 19 police divisions last year, was edged out by Portland which ended the year on 15.
When the Jamaica Observer visited the community, crime scene investigators were collecting pieces of evidence inside an area they cordoned off with yellow tape. Outside the cordoned-off area, several community members, with fear and sadness etched on their faces, gathered near the crime scene.
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