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Two women killed in Trench Town gun attacks

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:36 AM

A grief-stricken Claudia McNeil fought to overcome emotions as she attempted to paint a picture to The Gleaner of the unbreakable bond she had with her deceased daughter, 28-year-old Shannakay Ebanks, who was shot and killed at her home on Fourth Street in Trench Town, Kingston, around 3 a.m. on Sunday.

Armed thugs allegedly kicked open the door to Ebanks’ home at 20 Fourth Street, pumping bullets into her and her boyfriend, Damarile Hall.

According to residents, the couple’s slaying may have been a reprisal for the murder of a woman from the same street just hours before. The first incident occurred around midnight.

That victim was said to be a relative of a man, alias ‘Short Boss’, who is wanted by the police.

A Gleaner source alleged that the woman was shot and killed in a cross fire between gang rivals.

Residents were peeved at the fact that although a state of public emergency checkpoint is located a short distance away on Collie Smith Drive, the killers managed to escape. The residents also pointed to the frequent patrolling of the security forces, which they believe is all for nothing.

“It feel like mi a go mad. Mi cyaa manage it. Mi never know this woulda come a mi doorstep,” a heartbroken McNeill said, telling of how her dimpled daughter was always jovial and peaceful.

“When mi go identify har, she have pure hole in har face. She dead wid har mouth and har eyes open. She was only in her panties because a bed she did inna,” said the distressed mother.

The Gleaner made several attempts to reach Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, who is in charge of the Corporate Communications Unit, but calls to her mobile phone rang unanswered.