Swamp dwellers scared after mechanic killed


Dwight Abrahams was killed by carjackers in St Ann

MONEAGUE, St Ann – The usually uneventful community of Swamp in Moneague, St Ann was rocked by the shooting death of 50-year-old auto electrician Dwight Abrahams on Tuesday evening. The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. in a neighborhood bar.

According to police reports, two men traveling in a golden car carried out the attack. Abrahams was shot, robbed of cash and of his black Toyota Wish car. The police were alerted and he was taken to the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) camp in Moneague and then taken to hospital in a JDF ambulance. He was declared dead on arrival.

The deceased’s brother, journalist Kirk Abrahams, took to the social media platform Twitter to express his grief.

“Heartbroken and torn. Gunmen smothered my brother’s life last night during a carjacking in St Ann. And this one was the quietest of us. I can’t even treat it right, it’s too much man. All that for a car,” he said.

The incident left residents in shock as they did not expect criminals to strike in their peaceful community. A man, who asked not to be identified, told the Jamaica Observer the area has been tense since the incident.

“I’m going to tell you that right now everyone is scared because these things aren’t happening. So to hear this man come into the community and do this, everybody’s just scared to walk at night yeah now,” he said.

An elderly woman who only gave her name as Maybell has come forward to report the murder.

“Me, I don’t know what it is, come gwaan, God knows. Even though they robbed the man…take the car and leave him. But they took his life in cold blood, such a bad man,” she told the Observer.

The parish of Sainte-Anne recorded 17 murders as of May 27, three fewer than those committed during the corresponding period last year.

Parish Chief Superintendent of Police Dwight Powell is urging anyone with information that can help his investigation to contact police.

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