Over 1,000 Jamaicans Murdered so far this Year, Country in Jeopardy

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Over 1,000 Jamaicans Murdered so far this Year, Country in Jeopardy
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Over 1,000 Jamaicans Murdered so far this Year, Country in Jeopardy

The bloodletting across the country has led to the murder of more than 1,000 Jamaicans since January.

Statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) show that as of Monday, 1,007 Jamaicans had been killed.

The figure represents a 24 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year when it was at 809.

At a media briefing on Tuesday, Opposition Spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting, pointed out that in 2014, there were 1,005 for the entire year.

“That translates to 197 murders more than at the same period last year and you will recall that last year was the highest year for murders since the Tivoli operation in 2010,” he noted.

Statistics also reveal that there have been 894 shootings up to August 26 – 156 more than last year.

Meanwhile, data obtained by RJR News show that more than 140 people have been murdered so far this month.

Clarendon, which is now confronted with gang violence, has recorded 25 murders since August 1.

One hundred and five murders have occurred in Clarendon since January, compared to 93 during the corresponding period last year.

However, St. James continues to lead with homicides. There were 191 murders in the parish up to Monday, August 28.

The St. Andrew South Division with 92 murders, Westmoreland – 92 and St. Catherine North – 82, were the other police divisions with an increase in murders.

Other troubled divisions are St. Catherine South with 68 murders, followed by Kingston Western with 65 and Hanover with 45.

St. Ann, Kingston Central, East Kingston and St. Andrew North also grappled with an increase in murders.

Most of the murders occurred over the last four months.

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