Fri | Dec 14, 2018

More police for August Town in aftermath of quadruple killing, upcoming funerals

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 11:58 AM

The police have promised to increase their numbers in August Town, St Andrew, today with the funerals of two prominent community members scheduled to take place.

Yesterday, residents in the community spoke in whispers following a quadruple murder that many believe was a reprisal for the killing of one of the men to be buried today.

Seven persons were shot at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday night as gunmen barged into the Happy Corner Bar, metres from the main entrance to the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, and opened fire on the operator and patrons.

Investigators are looking into reports that the shooting was a reprisal for the killing of 30-year-old Dwight Stewart, otherwise called 'FT', on December 29.

Stewart hailed from the section of the community known as Bedward Gardens, otherwise called 'River', and men in the area had vowed to avenge his death, which they blamed on their rivals from the 'Jungle 12' area.

Sources say $150,000 is being offered to anyone who kills the persons involved in murdering Stewart, and the police say that they have also heard this.

Another former gangster, Randy Evans, who was reportedly killed in December after he failed to carry out an order issued by incarcerated gang leader Christopher 'Dog Paw' Linton, will also be buried today, and his funeral will be held in the August Town area.