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Shopkeeper killed in Blackwoods, Clarendon

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2015 | 12:20 PM

As stakeholders plan a protest against the increasing number of murders in southern Clarendon, the police are now investigating another murder in a normally peaceful northern community in the parish.

Residents of Weslyan district in Blackwoods are in mourning after a well-known shopkeeper was killed last night.

She is 36-year-old Pauline Johnson. It is alleged that she was held up and shot on her way home after closing her shop shortly after 10:00 last night.

It is suspected robbery was the motive for the killing. The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre Clarendon correspondent reports that residents called the police after hearing explosions which sounded like gunshots. Johnson was found and taken to the hospital by the cops, where she was pronounced dead.

President of the Blackwoods United Sports Club, Hubert Hall, says Johnson was a hardworking resident who cared for her children. He called her murder a blatant attack on women and children and called for residents to tell what they know.

Collin Henry, councillor caretaker for the Thompson Town Division, says the usually peaceful community has been traumatized by the shooting. He is calling for all Jamaicans to take a stand against criminals.