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Trelawny lifeguard shot dead in early morning attack

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013    

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ALT MARSH, Trelawny — Grief and shock were evident on the faces of residents of the normally quiet Salt Marsh community in Trelawny.

The bullet-riddled body of 21-year-old Nicoy Nicolas Chambers, a lifeguard employed to a hotel in St James, was found about 7:00 am with multiple gunshot wounds to his head and chest in the bathroom at his Salt Marsh residence.

Residents said they had heard loud explosions at 1:30 am in the community.

But it was not until about 7:00 am that Chambers' lifeless body was discovered by a neighbour who had gone to visit him.

"When I went to look for him this morning (yesterday) I noticed that a window was broken and the front door of the house kicked in. I figured that something was wrong so I went away to get company to go in the house. When we went back we found Nicoy's body in a pool of blood in the bathroom," said the resident.

Teary-eyed residents who had gathered at the house where Chambers lived alone condemned the brutal killing of the community member.

They expressed surprise at Chambers' death, saying that he was a very peaceful man.

"He (Chambers) gave no trouble; he was kind and very peaceful and was never involved in any conflict," said 58-year-old Leo Boutcher, adding that the deceased was "like a son" to him.

The entire community, he said, was in a state of shock.

It was unclear up to last night what the motive behind the latest shooting death in the parish of Trelawny was.

On Tuesday Xavier Lewis, a former resident of Duncans, was shot and killed in that community, just metres from the police station. Another man was injured in the gun attack which occurred at about 1: 00 pm. That incident followed on the heels of the death of eight-year-old Imani Green, a British national, who was shot and killed at a shop in Duncans last Friday night.

Police said the incidents were being thoroughly investigated.

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