A popular Montego Bay vendor was brutally murdered in the heart of the city (Sam Sharpe Square) on Saturday as gun violence continues in St. James, despite the parish being under a State of Public Emergency.
A man was also shot and killed in the Paradise, Norwood area on Sunday.
The deceased have been identified as 57-year-old Valda Kellier, vendor of Upper King Street, and 27-year-old mason Obrian Hartley, otherwise called ‘Humpa’ of Paradise Norwood.
Reports indicate that pedestrians and vendors were sent scampering Saturday night when a barrage of explosions rang out in Sam Sharpe Square in the vicinity of Lawrence Lane about 10 p.m.
The police were summoned and, on their arrival, Kellier and two other persons were seen lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.
The three were subsequently transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where Kellier was pronounced dead and the other two persons admitted in stable condition.
The Barnett Street police who are investigating have indicated that Kellier’s death was a contract killing with an alleged overseas connection.
Meanwhile, on Sunday about 7:25 p.m., residents reported hearing explosions and summoned the police. The lawmen, on their arrival to the scene, found the body of Hartley lying motionless on the right side in his yard with what appeared to be gunshot wounds to both feet and the right side of his back.
He was transported to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Eleven spent casings were taken from the scene.