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Apr 8, 2016

Merkel Pitts is Murdered in Ladyville, Is it a Retaliation?

Merkel Pitts

There are two murders to report tonight. An eighteen-year-old Ladyville resident, Merkel Pitts was shot on Thursday night and by this afternoon he was dead at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. But is the shooting death an act of retaliation, following the gangland-style execution of Rene ‘Fat Cat’ Chavarria a few weeks ago?  Pitts was in the presence of three others near the intersection of Marage Road and Compassion Street in Ladyville, when an unknown assailant emerged on the scene.  A shower of bullets quickly ensued, leaving the teenager mortally wounded.  He was immediately transported to the K.H.M.H. where he succumbed sometime this afternoon.  While police will not confirm that there is a link between the deadly shooting and that of Fat Cat on March eighteenth, it is widely believed that both incidents are connected.  Officer Commanding Ladyville Police, Inspector Juanito Cocom addressed the media this morning.


Juanito Cocom, O.C. Ladyville Police

Insp. Juanito Cocom

“Last night, Thursday April seventh, at about 9:38 p.m., Ladyville Police were called to a shooting incident at the corner of Marage Road and Compassion Lane, Ladyville.  In an open yard, police saw a dark skinned male person dressed in a brown long pants and a green and white shirt and a red striped polo shirt bleeding from the abdomen area and the right bicep.  He was learned to be Merkel Pitts, eighteen-years-old of an Egbert Quilter address in Ladyville.  Initial investigations revealed that Pitts and three other male persons were socializing at that area when a lone gunman approached them and fired several shots towards them.  He received two shots to the abdomen and one to his right bicep.  The scene was processed whereby nine expended nine millimeter shells were recovered.  Pitts was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where he is listed in a critical condition.”



“Any of the other guys were shot?”


Juanito Cocom

“None, only Pitts.”



“Sir, we understand that this might be a retaliation as a result of the murder of Fat Cat.  Have you heard that?”


Juanito Cocom

“Surely that is left for an investigation.  I will not divulge what we know.  We have some persons of interest detained, however, the investigation is young, it just happened last night and we are still investigating.”

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