Monday, March 10, 2014

Jamaica: British Tourist, 28, Shot, Killed in Taxi While Traveling with her Daughter, Age 7, Assailant Flees

According to The Daily Mail, a British citizen, Melanie Rose Clarke, 28, from Birmingham, who was traveling with her daughter, Precious, age 7, was shot and killed by an assailant traveling in the taxi.

The victim was seemingly shot and killed while she was sitting in the front seat of the taxi from the popular resort of Mount Salem, where she had been staying with relatives.

If the murder victim was in fact an ethnic Jamaican naturalized in the UK, it is possible that she was shot and killed due to a major dispute with other people in Jamaica. 

Occupants of the taxi heard a gunshot and upon arrival at their destination only to find Clarke shot and killed. She was later taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

COMMENT: The unidentified assailant, for reasons unknown, was traveling in Clarke's taxi, but why and how she was shot and killed is unknown by the occupants of the taxi, as the shooter quickly fled.

THE JAMAICAN OBSERVER reported that Clarke arrived from the UK in December 2013, but apparently stayed on after attending a relative's wedding.

Detective Sergeant Clarke [no relation], told the OBSERVER that Clarke was traveling with four other occupants in the taxi when the shooting occurred at approximately 1215 hours.

When the taxi arrived at the Cornwall Regional Hospital entrance, the man, who was in the back seat, paid the driver but did not exit the taxi. A gunshot was heard as the the shooting victim slumped toward the driver. At that point the assailant fled and has still not been taken into custody.

Melanie Clarke was the fourth person to be killed in Montego Bay area in recent days, the OBSERVER noted.

For the benefit of our readers, the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security has designated the criminal threat in Jamaica as "CRITICAL," on its descending threat levels of "Critical, High, Medium and Low."

I strongly discourage people sharing taxis in Jamaica, given the high level of threat.