We have just passed the halfway mark in the second month of the year and at least 119 persons have already been murdered in Jamaica.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force provided the following breakdown of the murders in its latest crime statistics:
Between January 1 and February 15 there were 119 reported murders.
There were 74 reported murders in January and 45 this month up to last Saturday, with Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, St James and Clarendon accounting for 87 of the total.
According to the police 61 per cent of the murders are gang related, while 26 per cent were committed by persons not affiliated to a gang.
Despite these terrifying numbers, the statistics from the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that murders decreased by 10 per cent over the six-week period when compared with the 132 recorded for the corresponding period in 2013.
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