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Terror in Clarendon as 72-y-o returnee shot dead

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer
Ancel Lynch
Ancel Lynch

Resettled Jamaicans in Clarendon are reportedly terrified after a 72-year-old returned resident was shot and killed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning in Chapelton.

Heather Reid, president of the Clarendon Association of Returning Residents, pleaded on Tuesday that criminals stop targeting resettled Jamaicans.

“It’s about time they stop and just let us live. That’s all we want - just to be home and enjoy our life,” she told The Gleaner.

Describing the murder of innocents as “just sickening”, Reid, who returned to Jamaica 24 years ago, vowed not to be driven away by killers.

“I will not throw no towel in. They will have to come and get me,” she said, urging householders to exercise vigilance.

Grieving widow Inez Lynch recalled how Ansel awoke about 2:30 a.m. and was heard addressing someone at a door inside the house.

After shouting “Come outa mi house, ol’ nayga!” Mr Lynch was shot twice in a vain attempt to close the door.

Mrs Lynch theorises that the gunman utilised a silencer because she did not hear the weapon go off.

“Him say ‘Inez! Inez!’ and him go right dung to the door and him siddung suh, buckle up,” she said of her partner’s folding motion.

Mrs Lynch latched the door and bellowed for help from her neighbours.

The intruder is believed to have entered through an upstairs window.

The Lynches, who flew in last Friday, regularly travel back to Jamaica to escape the bitter winter months in Canada.

He was also looking forward to reaping the yam he had planted.

Mrs Lynch doesn’t believe robbery was the motive because the attackers did not take anything.