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Bloodletting - Gleaner editor's son among the weekend's murder victims

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

GUNMEN ON Friday continued their murderous rampage across the island, adding the son of a Gleaner editor to the painful statistics.  Thirty-one year old Mark DeFreitas, son of The Gleaner's overseas publications editor, Paget, was fatally shot about 9 Friday night.

The police reported DeFreitas was standing beside his Honda Civic motor car on Montgomery Drive, Kingston 10, speaking with a female when two men rode up on a motorbike and opened fire.

DeFreitas was hit multiple times while the woman escaped unhurt. He died on the spot.

In the meantime, three persons were shot in Montego Bay, St James.

The victims included a man whose identity had not been ascertained up to press time, as well as 20-year-old Kirk Bowen and Keith Graham, a 62-year-old farmer.

The police report that the unidentified man entered an establishment on Doom Street to make a purchase and a man armed with a gun approached and shot him several times. He was taken to hospital where he died.

About 10 Friday night, Bowen and friends were sitting along the roadway when they were approached by a gunman who opened fire, hitting Bowen several times.

He died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

Graham was gunned down during a robbery at Bob Man Hill, Lilliput, St James.

The gunmen escaped with an undetermined sum of money.