Noelita Lawrence – Staff Reporter
Amidst increased joint police/military activities in hot spot communities across St. James, detectives have been kept busy at several murder scenes in recent days, in communities of Orange, Lilliput and downtown Montego Bay, with four persons being killed in four days.
Those killed have been identified as 25-year-old Kimone Campbell, also known as ‘Kim’, unemployed of Sign, Orange, 23-year-old KireyTadjae Dixon of Grange Pen, Lilliput, 49-year-old Lloyd McLaughlin, a famer of Sign Irwin and an unidentified man.
In the most recent killing, which occurred on Tuesday morning, (June 12) a man, who remained unidentified up to press time, was stabbed to death by unknown assailants in the People’s Arcade in downtown Montego Bay.
Police say though no information is forthcoming, the deceased was said to have been killed sometime after 10 a.m.
And, the decomposing body of Campbell was found in bushes on Saturday morning, days after she had been reported missing by her mother.
Police report that her throat was slashed while several stab wounds were visible, as well as burns to her upper body.
An unconfirmed report also indicated that her feet were severed from her body.
A close relative of Kimone told the Western Mirror that the door to the home where she had lived was discovered kicked in on Wednesday night, and a subsequent report of her disappearance was made to Police.
The relative also revealed that the body was discovered on Saturday morning (June 9) by a resident of the community who alerted the cops.
According to the relative who wished not to be identified, Kimone was “a nice, happy person who loved to laugh”.
“She was so full of fun and extremely nice to be around, there was never a dull moment with her,” the male family member noted, “she will be really, really missed.”
Meanwhile, Dixon was gunned down at his home in Lilliput on Sunday night (June 10) while in the company of his child.
According to police reports, about 10:20 p.m., Dixon stepped out of his motor vehicle and walked into his yard in the company of his child, when he was pounced up by armed assailant(s) who opened gun fire, hitting him to the head and upper body.
The men then escaped on foot.
Dixon was rushed to the Falmouth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The child escaped without injuries.
More than ten 9MM spent shells were taken from the scene by detectives who have begun their investigations, declaring that no motive has yet been established for the killing.
As the killings continue, a farmer, McLaughlin, was killed in the community of Sign Irwin on Monday night.
The 49-year-old McLaughlin was said to be riding a bicycle along the Sign main road just after 8:20 p.m., when he was approached by two armed men travelling on a motorcycle.
The men, brandishing handguns, shot McLaughlin before escaping.
McLaughlin was pronounced dead at the Cornwall Regional Hospital.