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UPDATE: Suspects identified in killing of Canadian tourist

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:43 PM

The Westmoreland police are reporting that they have identified two suspects in the killing of the Canadian tourist in the parish last weekend.

Thirty-five-year-old real estate broker Andre Palakia was shot dead reportedly by two men on a motorcycle after he tried to prevent the men from robbing his female companion along the West End Road in Negril.

Head of the Westmoreland police Superintendent David Whyte told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the police are now on the hunt for two men who are suspected to be involved in the weekend murder.

Whyte says the Westmoreland police are still clamping down on illegal motorcyclists in the parish, noting that the cops have already seized over 600 motorcycles.

Superintendent Whyte also says the police will continue to intensify their operations against illegal motorcyclists during the coming months.

The killing of the Canadian tourist has triggered calls from the Negril Chamber of Commerce for more police presence in the resort town.

The Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett this week announced that some 100 police officers are being trained for deployment in resort towns across the island.