(CMR) Thirty-five people were reportedly killed in Jamaica last week, bringing the country's murder tally since the start of 2022 to 1,329 as of 5 November.
Last week was one of the bloodiest weeks in the country since the start of this year, according to the Jamaica Gleaner.
There has been an eight percent increase in the number of murders so far in 2022 compared to the corresponding period last year, 98 more than the 1,231 recorded for the same period in 2021.
According to the Gleaner, the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported 181 murders in St James, 126 in Westmoreland, 124 in St Catherine North, 121 in St Andrew South, and 105 in St Catherine South. These were the top five most murderous divisions. Portland had the fewest murders with 10, a 38 percent reduction compared to 2021.
While shootings, injured persons, and rape cases have declined, robberies and break-ins have increased by 20 and nine percent, respectively.
Among the gruesome murders last week was the killing of a couple a day after their son's lifeless body was found.
Gunmen attacked businessman Evan Francis and his wife Alicia Francis, as they attempted to enter their home in Clarendon last Tuesday, 1 November. The couple's son 39-year-old Kenrick Francis was found dead the day before along a roadway in Milk River in the parish.