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Family plunged into mourning after A&B records third homicide for 2022

Jonathan Manley was gunned down outside of his Cashew Hill home on Saturday night. (Photo courtesy Manley’s family)

By Kadeem Joseph

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The family of the country’s latest homicide victim is hoping that the gears of justice will be swift as they struggle to grapple with a shooting on Saturday night that resulted in the death of a father of one.

The deceased is 36-year-old Jonathan Manley of Cashew Hill, who was shot multiple times outside his Joseph Street home.

The police allege that it was around 9:30 pm on May 14 when an unknown assailant went to the home of the deceased and shot him while he was sitting outside his house.

Emergency Medical Services transported the injured man to the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre where he succumbed to his injuries a short time after and was pronounced dead at 10:14 pm.

When Observer visited the scene of the shooting on Sunday, a number of shocked residents were on the scene and were still discussing the tragic incident.

Among them was Roselyn Mulraine, the sister of the deceased.

Mulraine, who lives just mere meters away from her brother, told Observer that the loss of her brother was especially difficult since she and her other siblings were still mourning the death of their mother which had occurred j about 10 months ago.

“I feel numb. I haven’t really grasped it as yet,” she said.

She added that her brother was struck by two of the five bullets that were discharged by the yet to be identified assailant.

As she shook her head in seeming disbelief, she questioned how the shocking incident could have taken place under the circumstances, and well before midnight.

Mulraine was even more hurt at the thought that her brother’s four-year-old daughter will now have to grow up without her father’s presence in her life.

She alleged that the perpetrator is known to villagers and said law enforcement were still searching for the suspect in the matter.   

In the meantime, the police are appealing to anyone with information who can further assist them to contact the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or call Crimestoppers at 800-Tips, as they continue investigations into the circumstances that resulted in Manley’s death.