There was yet another double murder in St James on Tuesday, but this one is somewhat mysterious as according to sources in the Providence Heights area of Flanker, where the killing took place, the victims were labelled gay lovers, who had earned the wrath of thugs in the community, according to the Gleaner.
While the police did not confirm any gay links to the incident, they did say that the men, one identified as 40-year-old carpenter Orville Lorne and the other, who remains unidentified, were shot and killed by persons who attacked the house in which they were staying.
"Yes, we can confirm that there was a double murder in Providence Heights, but we have only ascertained the identity of one of the victims," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, the commanding officer for Area One. "Outside of the fact that the house was shot up, we have no other details."
According to residents of the community, shortly after 5:50 a.m., men armed with guns attacked the house in which the men were staying, firing a barrage of shots. When the shooting subsided and the shooters had left, the bodies of Lorne and the other man were found.
"We don't know nothing about it ... a just two fish get fry over there," a young woman told The Gleaner mockingly. "We really not into the fish thing around here ... you don't see seh nobody not crying about it."
It would appear that there was a general lack of sympathy for the men as most residents seemed to support the view that they were gay and were not welcome in the community. Sadly this continues to happen in rural communities and makes matters more complicated and targeted at those implicated as rural districts are small hence everyone knows everybody else.
"This is going to be one of those unsolved murders because the police will not get any information from anybody," another man said. "Gleaner, you must write that is a fish kill, but we don't know what cause it." (Gleaner, you must write that it's gays who got killed, but we do not know what caused it")
Since the start of the year, St James has recorded close to 80 murders, making it the bloodiest police division islandwide. Last year, the parish also had a record 212 murders.