West Kingston outraged at shooting murder of girl

(Jamaica Observer) Desmond McKenzie’s West Kingston Constituency organisation is offering a J$300,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of persons responsible for the killing of an 11-year-old girl on Thursday.

McKenzie, in a statement on Saturday to the Jamaica Observer, said the constituency organisation has also agreed to foot the bill for the funeral of the child, Tassanique ‘Daenia’ James of North Street, Kingston, who was reportedly killed by a bullet to the back of the head during an attack on her community by gunmen.

Two women who were also shot by the gunmen during the attack were said to be in stable condition last night. The incident took place about 6:30 pm while persons were standing on Bread Lane, near Spanish Town Road. A group of men, police reported, walked up and began firing indiscriminately. Frightened residents tried to flee, but Tassanique and the two women sustained bullet wounds. The girl died while undergoing treatment at hospital.

The women were treated and released. In a statement on Saturday, McKenzie, who has been MP for West Kingston since December 2011, said that his constituency executive has unanimously condemned the shootings as well as the robbery and murder of a businessman in the Darling Street area, which occurred at approximately 4.30 am yesterday. It, however, seems the businessman’s murder is unconnected to the shooting of the girl.




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