Thugs stop body collectors, demand to see slain wanted man
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Westmoreland police are probing a bizarre incident on Saturday afternoon in Haddo in the parish, in which a group of men blocked the path of a vehicle that was en route to a funeral home and ripped open the body bag containing the corpse of a man killed by the police.
The police reported that 27-year-old Kenardo Edwards, also called 'Joe' of Camrose, St James, was shot and killed in an alleged shootout with a police party at a house in his community about 4:00 am last Saturday.
The police reportedly recovered two rifles: one M4 Winchester with eight 5.56 cartridges; and a Colt AR 15 assault rifle containing 24 5.56 cartridges.
Following the processing of the scene by investigators and the launch of a probe by members of the Independent Commission of Investigation (INDECOM), the corpse was sealed in a body bag and placed in a minibus operated by Doyley's funeral home.
But reports are that on its way to the funeral home in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, a car drove up and stopped directly in the path of the vehicle transporting the dead man, forcing it to come to a halt. Another vehicle then drew up behind the funeral home vehicle.
Reports are that there was a loud confrontation between the funeral home employes and men who had alighted from both vehicles demanding to see the corpse.
Eventually, the body collectors were forced to look on while the men cut open the sealed body bag to view Edward's body.
The police say Edwards was wanted in connection with murder and shootings, including shooting at lawmen, in the parish.