Bodies of 3 Jamaicans found in Queens, New York, house

They were identified by relatives as 55-year-old Karleen Barnett; her son, Dervon Brightly, 35; and a family friend Varshanna “Brittany” Malcolm, 22, who is believed to have been visiting.

All three victims were found with multiple stab wounds inside the single family house, police sources and the Daily News reported. Police reportedly found Malcolm with her hands bound and her mouth duct taped.

Police theorise that the three had been murdered at least three days before their bodies were discovered by another of Barnett’s son, who also lives at the house but was away.

That son was released after being taken into custody and questioned by police who determined that “he was not involved in the killing,” the newspaper quoted police sources as saying.

Neighbours Zaman Asm, Ravi Persaud and Asaiah Adams all expressed shock at the death of the three.

Police have not yet determined a motive or suspect for the murders.

Six Jamaicans have now been murdered in the New York Metropolitan area since the beginning of the year.

BY HAROLD G BAILEY

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