Fear grips Negril West End after second murder

BY HORACE HINES Sunday Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland — A second murder in the space of three days was committed in Negril's West End Friday night, plunging the normally peaceful community into grief and fear.

Police report that 55-year-old Wenzil Heron, more popularly known as 'Dougbert', was shot dead at about 8:20 pm and robbed, while on his job.

According to the police, Heron, who collects money at various business establishments on behalf of his employer, was sitting in his Toyota Corolla motor car awaiting an employee inside a Supreme Ventures gaming outlet to take the proceeds of the day's sales to him when he was shot several times.

He reportedly tried to drive away after he was shot, but the car crashed into a utility pole.

His killers took five bags with an undetermined sum of money from him and escaped on motorcycles.

Heron was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His killers were apparently not aware that he had a licensed firearm, as it was retrieved by the police.

Heron's murder follows that of 51-year-old Colin St Patrick Lynch on Tuesday night.

Lynch operated Out of Town Pastry and Bakery in the West End.

When the Jamaica Observer visited West End yesterday, fear was etched on the faces of some of the residents who declined to speak to the news team.

"I am 40 years old and live here for many years and is the first time these things happening in West End. We need help," said one woman who was passing by and who didn't give her name.

A male passer-by agreed.

"These things never happened in Negril. It is the first time," the man said in a hushed tone as he walked by the news team.

Another man who stopped by with his female companion said he was unafraid, but took his girlfriend's advice that it was not safe to make a public comment.

Yesterday, Winthrope Wellington, a director of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, expressed grave concern over the West End killings.

"It obviously is concerning. A safe community is one of the priorities of a business owner and for resident here in Negril. Where these crimes are concerned, I am sure that the police are making these attacks one of their top priorities," Wellington told the Sunday Observer.

In the meantime, Deputy Superintendent of Police in charge of Westmoreland Errol Ranger said additional patrols have been despatched to the West End since two children died in a fire which destroyed a house over two weeks ago.

The measure, he said, became necessary in an attempt to defuse escalating tensions between two factions in the area at the time.

The senior cop said that unfortunately the two killings occurred when the patrols were in different sections of the community.

Meanwhile, in Little London, a grieving Constable Wellesley Heron described his slain brother as a jovial person.

The Sunday Observer also learnt that the murdered man's wife had to be hospitalised after she was informed of his brutal killing.




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