‘Slaying’ Christmas

Donte Ricketts
  • Two killed hours apart in St. James

This Christmas will not be a festive one for at least two St. James families, whose loved ones were murdered hours apart.

Dead are 21-year-old Donte Ricketts of Westgate Hills and 23-year-old Ricoy Smith, also known as ‘Bigga’ of Tenement, which is located along the Salt Spring main road in the vicinity of the clinic.

The men were killed hours apart as gunmen continued their rampage throughout the murder-stained parish, inching the tally of victims up to the 320-mark with less than two weeks remaining in the calendar year.

Ricketts, who celebrated his birthday just hours before (December 17), was gunned down in the middle class community of Irwin Meadows in the wee hours of Monday morning.

According to police reports, just about 2 a.m., Ricketts arrived at a house in the Irwin community, where he had reportedly gone to drop off his girlfriend when armed thugs ambushed him and opened fire.

He was struck several times to the head and chest.

His bullet-riddled body was found slumped over the steering wheel of the black Toyota Allion he was driving.

Unconfirmed reports are that more than 30 spent shells were found at the scene.

In the meantime, the seemingly never-ending gang feud causing unease in Salt Spring again escalated on Tuesday morning, leaving a man dead and three others wounded.

In that case, Smith was shot and killed by unknown assailants.

Information reaching the Western Mirror is that Smith was among four persons sitting at a shop in Tenement when the incident took place.

According to reports from the Montego Hills police, just about 8:28 on Monday morning, Smith and the three were at the shop adjacent to the community clinic when they were pounced upon by armed men travelling in a motorcar.

The men opened fire at the group, hitting four.

Smith died at the scene while the others were taken to hospital where they were admitted in serious but stable condition.



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