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Massacre at Barnes Avenue…seven years on

Friday, October 05, 2012 | 10:37 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Residents remember the blood-curdling screams of 10-year-old Sasha Brown as she called out to her neighbours for help as fire ravaged the house she was locked in.

The building had been shot up and firebombed by gunmen who then stood guard and fired a volleys of shots at anyone who dared to try and help her.

Her grandparents and aunt also died in the fire, the result of gang feuds in the troubled Maxfield community.

Randall, Sasha’s uncle, told the Jamaica Observer he was next door on that fateful morning seven years ago.

He recalls the gunshots vividly; running from the house and down the street, into another dwelling to find cover. Not knowing he was running away from what would be the scene of horrid and senseless killings.

We’re shown the building from which the gunmen observed their gruesome act, firing at would-be Good Samaritans.

“It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen”, said one man who declined to be identified. “Trust me, sometimes I think about it and wonder how people can stay so. Wickedness that”, he said looking at the charred remnants of the house which held a once happy family.

Read the full story in the Sunday Observer!

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