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Double murder in Gregory Park believed to be politically motivated

Two men were killed execution style in Gregory Park, Portmore St Catherine on Thursday ( August 27) just before 6:00 p.m.

Reports reaching The Den are that both men were standing along a roadway in their community when a motor car drove up and opened fire on them.

The deceased have been identified as Curtis Colthurst and Joshua Hook.

Reports coming out of the area are that in recent times tensions have been high in the community, particularly following the Nomination Day activities.

Those who live in the area said the two men killed were known political party supporters.

“Two man drop out from the area, but dem a some labourite yute, so it come inn like a some politics war about to kick off, ” said a source close to the community.

Another resident explained that one of the men killed was a community chef, who sold food, primarily fish.

“Him roast fish and cook on the corner,” said the source who further said that the other man was known to put on events.

While residents agree that the two men killed were not involved in any wrong doing they noted that tensions had been brewing among political supporters from the two major parties.

Residents have deemed the killing of the men to be an act of political intimidation, noting that earlier in the week, a house was burnt in an area called ‘Gulf’.

“The first thing dem do a bun down a house a Gulf, these are the things them use and make the people dem get scared and don’t want to go out and vote,” a concerned citizen from a neighbouring community told The Den.

The citizen further shared a voice note that she alleges was recorded by a community don, who was said to be currently overseas, which she noted had been in circulation prior to the deadly incident.

During the 15 second long voice note, a man is heard using strong words to show his support for his political party, while noting that a certain candidate would not be successful on election day.

While the man in the video does use strong language, he doesn’t actually make any direct threats.

Less than two hours later, another deadly shooting incident occurred in the parish in which an unidentified man was killed.

Reports are that at around 7:40 p.m. a man was shot dead in Riversdale, St. Catherine.

While the shootings are not linked, speculations are high that the incidents may be related.

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