Jamaica: Teen murdered while watching World Cup

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Jamaica: Teen murdered while watching World Cup
Gary McKenzie
Gary McKenzie

(JAMAICA STAR) – A Westmoreland teenager was murdered as he sat at his home in Dalling Street to watch the World Cup football match between Japan and Senegal on Sunday.

Marlon Beckford,18, otherwise known as Puggie, was reportedly watching the game when he was ambushed by two armed men who opened gunfire at him. Beckford was shot multiple times in his head. The gunmen escaped on foot in the area.

The police have not established a motive for his killing.

Meanwhile, another teenager, Akeem Samuels, 18, also called Brandon, of Riverside in Kingsvale, Hanover, was shot and killed in the troubled community of Grange Hill. Samuels and a 17-year-old girl were reportedly walking along a section of Bucknor’s Lane, Grange Hill, when they were attacked by armed men, who sprayed them with bullets before fleeing the scene.

Head of the Westmoreland police, Senior Superintendent Gary McKenzie, said the Grange Hill incident is believed to be gang-related.

He said that the police are making their presence felt in both communities as they try to dismantle the gangs in the area.

“I wouldn’t say there is a flare-up because we have had 19 days without murder. However, there is also a possibility that there can be because the gangs are on both sides of the community. If they get a chance they will cause a flare-up, so we are out patrolling the area every day to ensure that things are kept calm,” he said.

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