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Monday murder pushes St James to tally to 199

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 9:58 AM
Police personnel process a crime scene in Irwin Heights, St James.
Police personnel process a crime scene in Irwin Heights, St James.
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Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

MONTEGO BAY, St James:
St James last evening recorded its 199th murder since the start of the year when a man was shot dead in Irwin Heights late Monday evening.

His identity has not been released.

Residents are tight-lipped about the killing, which is believed to be a reprisal attack for an earlier shooting in a neighbouring community.

St James has been rocked by murders and other crimes in recent weeks.

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On the weekend, law enforcement authorities increased the number of personnel on the ground and undertook a curfew in one community.

The rate of murders has quelled, but people continue to be the victims of major crimes.

IN PHOTO: A cellular phone picture of a young man holding what appears to be two new high-powered rifles in a community in Montego Bay, St James, recently.