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Police seek three after 'revenge killings' in Kingston west

Thursday, May 08, 2014 | 10:08 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Following Tuesday night's murder of three men in the Kingston Western Police Division, police have released the names of three people whom they believe can assist in their investigations.

They are: Gratiano Green, otherwsie called ‘Bebe’; Kemar Cole, otherwise called ‘Flex’; and Ryan Bembridge, otherwise called ‘Little Blacks’. The three are to make contact with the Denham Town police by Friday, May 9.

"The detectives have also revealed that intelligence gathered thus far indicates that the attacks were gang-related, with the initial attack on Race Course Lane, Kingston 14, in which 20-year-old Garrel Bravo of Upper Regent Street was shot dead, stemming from the youngster's alleged refusal to adhere to gang directives to return items he allegedly robbed earlier this week," a release from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said Wednesday.

The subsequent murders of Vernon Vanzie, otherwise called ‘Bubba’, and Kevin Black, the release added, "appear to have been revenge killings". The men are believed to also have been associated with rival gangs in the area, the CCU said.

Bravo, Vanzie and Black were murdered in separate incidents on Tuesday, May 6.

Reports are that about 9:20 pm Bravo, otherwise called ‘Neiko’, reportedly drove his vehicle onto Race Course Lane, where four armed men approached him and opened fire. He and two other people were injured and were taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The other two are said to be in stable condition.

Fifteen minutes later, 23-year-old Vanzie, a construction worker of Metcalfe Street, Kingston 14, was among a group of children, when three armed men approached him and shot him several times. He died at hospital.

Then about 11:00 pm, 24-year-old Black, a gas pump attendant of Greenwich Park, Kingston 12, was standing outside a bar on Lincoln Crescent, Kingston 14, when a gunman approached him and opened fire. He too was pronounced dead at hospital.

Meanwhile head of the division Senior Superintendent (SSP) Steve McGregor on Wednesday urged residents not to harbour "any gangster in their homes or communities".

“This is what ‘Unite for Change’ means,” McGregor explained, “the only way to get rid of these gangs and their reign of terror once and for all is to tell the police what you know.”

SSP McGregor shared his personal mobile number 322-7548, which he urged residents to use, day or night. He also invited them to make use of the other ways of sharing information with the police anonymously, such as Crime Stop at 311 or www.tipsubmit.com.

‘Unite for Change’ is the slogan of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s current crime fighting thrust.

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