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Police In Jamaica Investigating 16 Murders Over A 48-Hour Period

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 24, 2020 (CMC) – The Jamaican police force is investigating a spate of murders, including the death of 57-year-old Dalton Shippy, who was allegedly bludgeoned to death by his brother, in Ramble, Hanover, a parish on the north-western tip of the island.

Police said that a sledgehammer was used in the killing, and that the brother has been taken into custody.

The authorities said that of the 16 murders that occurred, during the past 48 hours, 22-year-old Damoy Christie was fatally shot in St. Catherine, south east of here, allegedly by his uncle,

On Monday, 33-year-old Demar Gordon was fatally shot in the Lime Tree Crescent area of Flanker, in what is believed to be a reprisal for a shooting, on Sunday, while three people were killed, in separate incidents, in the St. Andrew South Police Division.

The killings on Sunday, included a triple-murder in South St. Andrew, where a state of emergency is in effect.

Figures, released by the police, show that from January 1 to March 21, this year, at least 306 people were killed, across Jamaica, a 2.3 percent increase over the similar period, last year.

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