The pained screams of family members will remind residents of a section of March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, that at least seven people were shot, five of whom died and were burned beyond recognition early Sunday morning.
Two-year-old Koyandra Wynter, 9-year-old Revaughn Evans, 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Junior, 22-year-old Renisha Bartley and 24-year-old Salesha Evans all met their demise as they slept peacefully that day.
The incident reportedly took place at around 1:47, when armed men descended upon a section of the community in search of a man.
Unsuccessful in their hunt, it seemed the monsters decided to leave no soul they could find alive; not even the dogs were shown any mercy as the men shot everything with a breath dead before setting the houses ablaze.
Two other persons, a man and a teenaged girl who survived, remain in hospital nursing serious gunshot wounds.
Another man, who barely escaped the massacre with his life revealed how he hid under the bed listening to the men killing those just above him.
The man, who begged for anonymity, said not long after the house was on fire. In tears, he recalled how he went to offer some assistance to one of the victims as the dwelling went up in smoke, and watched in horror as skin started to peel of the flesh of the dead. There was nothing more he could do but get out.
Already, the Spanish Town Police have launched a major investigation into the brutal, inhuman deaths handed out to women and children.
The police report that a team of officers on patrol responded to heavy gunfire in the area at the time of the murders. On their arrival, a number of heavily armed men were seen at the location, who engaged lawmen in a prolonged shoot-out but managed to escape in the area.
Two persons were seen with gunshot wounds and four houses ablaze. The Spanish Town Fire Department was alerted and quickly extinguished the blaze. After cooling-down operations, the charred remains of five persons were found in the burnt out premises.
The quintuple deaths came as a massive shock to the community – women were seen wailing openly as family members gathered whatever pieces of clothing or other items were salvageable in the aftermath of such a heinous act.
A local community pastor convened an informal service in the roads, holding hands and consoling those who found the murders too much to process all at once.