Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Slain brothers not in trouble’

THE FAMILY of two bro­thers shot dead in a triple homicide in La Romaine on Sunday defen­ded their honour yester­day.

Wendy Leshmore, the sister of brothers Maurice and Randy Leshmore, said her brothers were hard-working men who loved their families.

Leshmore and her uncle, Trevor Phleary, refuted a report in another newspaper that the men were negatively influenced by “soul-seekers”.

“My brothers were not involved in crime. Mau­rice had just put his children to bed and said prayers with them. He went to retrieve a char­ger at the apartment where the incident happened and he got shot. Randy was a quiet and lov­ing person, and never got into trouble with the police,” said Wendy Leshmore.

Phleary said: “I used to talk to them all the time. They were not gunmen or bandits. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. In that kind of shooting, the killers will shoot at everybody in sight, whe­ther you involved or not.”

Three masked gunmen shot dead Randy, 22, and Maurice “Boyo” Lesh­more, 26, and their brother-in-law Kwasi Vincent, 29, as they limed outside an apartment in a track off Pond Street.

Police were told that around 10.30 p.m., the killers entered the track and as they walked past an 18-year-old girl, they told her to “duck down”. 

Maurice Leshmore was shot first in the back of the head. The killers then began firing at the other men, who were hit multiple times. 

Another resident, shop­keeper Kevin Willi­ams, 46, was also shot in the foot. 

Police described the area as a “drug block” and the killing was over a fight over drug turf in the area.

Wendy Leshmore said the funerals will be held later in the week.