Shamir Brown – Trelawny Correspondent
Two families in Perth Town Trelawny are struggling to come to grips with the tragic deaths of loved ones over the past weekend.
The deceased are 11-year-old Malik Lawman and 35-year-old Sheldon Smith of Reserve district in the Perth Town.
According to information gleaned by the Western Mirror, about 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, Malik, who was reportedly autistic, was at home in a bedroom when an explosion was heard.
His father rushed to investigate and found him in his room (the father’s room) lying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
It was further reported that Malik used a chair on which he climbed to retrieve the gun from the holding area.
A grand-uncle of Malik related that while the family has been shaken by the incident, the boy’s father is devastated, having been in the hospital for treatment since the incident.
“The dad was in the hospital right after the tragedy and he came out but returned on Monday for further checkups, as he is finding it difficult to cope with the situation,” he explained.
The boy’s mother is also said to be reeling from the tragedy, but has been receiving support from church and community members.
MAN KILLED IN RESERVE
Meanwhile, just two miles away from that tragedy, and in less than 24 hours, a man was shot killed while at his home in Reserve district, Perth Town.
The police reports are that Smith was home at about 8:20 p.m., when explosions were heard.
Family members went to investigate and discovered Smith lying on the floor in a pool of blood suffering from gunshot wounds.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Smith’s death has further pushed the murder tally in Trelawny to more than thirty since the start of the year, when compared with 21 murders committed in the parish for 2017.