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Oct 7, 2019

Jamal Elijio Succumbs to Injury from Drive-by Shooting

Jamal Elijio

Three days after he was shot on the back, Jamal Elijio died while receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Elijio was standing along with his cousin Justin Richards and a third person, Marquin Drury, on Santa Barbara Street in the south side when they came under fire from someone in a vehicle that drove by. Richard was also injured, but survived the shooting. Word on the street is that Elijio had a confrontation with a rival group, and that cost him his life. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Voice of: Aunt of Deceased

“When we heard the gunshots I mi gwein fi my daughter round di lane and when I swing back, I hear di gunshot and I swing back.  But when I swing back, I come home and I ask if unu hear di gunshot ahn dehn seh da like out so.  So my oldest daughter seh, “Ma!”  I seh, “Sasha, you noh hear gunshot?”  Sasha seh no.  So I jump pan my bike and ride fi go sih da weh paat.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A mother’s intuition upon hearing a volley of gunshots in the distance led her to the scene of a shooting on Santa Barbara Street, not knowing that her son and nephew, along with a third person, were victims of a drive-by attack.  Thirty-one-year-old Justin Richards, his cousin Jamal Elijio and Marquin Dury were all standing on the street sometime around eight o’clock on Thursday night when a vehicle drove up on them.  A spray of bullets succeeded.


Voice of: Aunt of Deceased

“When I look so I tell Sasha sih police gwein down Santa Barbara [Street].  Then I ride head and I sih crowd a police out deh pan di street.  So one spell I hear di police di ask round if dehn sih da who.  Wahn young man seh, “Si one ah dehn ma deh”, you know, and then I move off and I turn back and tell my daughter da Justin deh, but I neva conscious that da my nephew too.”


Hilberto Romero

Twenty-four-year-old Jamal Elijio suffered a gunshot wound to the back, an injury he would not recover from.  Over the weekend, he passed away at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On Sunday, October 6th, 2019, Jamal Elijio died at the K.H.M.H. while undergoing treatment.  These persons had been shot at on the date and this person succumbed to his injuries.”



“Do the investigators know anything else additionally since the shooting happened and this weekend has passed sir?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Nothing additional was obtained and the investigation for that is ongoing likewise.”


According to Justin Richards’ mother, who asked to remain anonymous, investigators are yet to reach out to the family.  All she knows is that her son and nephew received varying degrees of injury as a result of the deadly shooting.


Voice of: Aunt of Deceased

“All I know dehn seh Jamal get shot eena ih shoulder part, yeah.  My son get shot eena ih neck.  That’s all we know.”


Isani Cayetano

“Jamal is dead.  How does your son stand?”


Voice of: Aunt of Deceased

“My son come out right now, he deh home di rest.”


According to Sr. Superintendent Hilberto Romero, several persons have been detained and interviewed and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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