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Murders in St Elizabeth: four brutally killed

Thursday, January 09, 2014 | 10:12 AM    

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ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – The St Elizabeth police are investigating the murder of four young men including two 15-year-old school boys in two separate incidents late Wednesday.

Names of the two adults were not available early Thursday but the teens have been identified as Desrick Williams, a student of Balaclava High School, and Ashnell Coke of Maggotty High School.

Police say in one incident two men originating in the Lacovia area were driving a minibus in the Elderslie area of northern St Elizabeth shortly after 9:00pm when their path was blocked by a log placed across the road.

Armed men on the side of the road then fired on the stalled bus and set it alight. Both men aboard the minibus, said to be the driver and conductor, died.

In the second incident, the two teenagers left home at Thornton at about 4:00 pm to trap shrimp in nearby streams. 

When they did not return home, their parents reported them missing at the Siloah Police Station. The bodies of the boys were found sometime after 1:00 am early Thursday morning with chop wounds to the head.

Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites was due to visit the two schools early Thursday.

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