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Police investigate whether St Mary sisters' murders are connected, killed in similar fashion

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 9:35 AM

Police in St Mary are appealing to the public for information which may help with their investigation into the fatal shooting of a woman who was killed in her home last week,  13 months after her sister was also murdered by gunmen.

According to police reports, on the afternoon of October 8, 58-year-old Onelyn Murphy-Taylor was inside her home in Albion Mountain, near Port Maria, when she was allegedly attacked by two gunmen.

Commanding officer for St Mary, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says Murphy-Taylor was at home when two men reportedly entered with guns.

The woman managed to run but was overpowered and shot several times.

Superintendent Lindsay says the incident is like déjà vu for the family because exactly a year ago the woman’s sister, 52-year-old Gina Murphy-Barrett, was killed in another location in the parish in a similar fashion.

The murder of Murphy-Barrett, who was the guidance counsellor at Oracabessa High School, remains unsolved and the police are now investigating whether the two killings are connected.

The police say they have not yet identified any links between the women and criminals.