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Aug 7, 2020

Several Persons Detained for Questioning in Murder of Shakeem Humes Sr.

Shakeem Humes Sr.

On the night of August fifth, Shakeem Humes Senior was executed outside of his house in the Westlake area of the Eight Miles Community on the George Price Highway. The father of four was rushed to the K.H.M.H., but succumbed while receiving treatment. The police say that the murder was the result of an internal gang feud and that they are monitoring the situation carefully to ensure that there is no retaliation. Reports are that several persons have since been detained for questioning since the fatal shooting. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that Humes Senior had gone underground for some time and his murder came as a surprise.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Shakeem Humes was a young man. You know he was in the streets and for some time he has gone underground; we have not been hearing much from him. But we do understand the issue of the gang rivalry does continue and he was never out of the fray. And so with that, last night was a bit of a surprise to me; I didn’t expect it to occur. But nonetheless, like you have alluded to, when his brother was killed that led to a spate of shootings and murders in 2018 and this time around, I am hoping that that is not going to happen. I can also tell you that we have things in place to ensure that it does not occur. As a matter of fact, those persons who we believe are involved, we are already in the process of picking them up and investigation is going to continue to see where we can go. But at the end of the day, it still has a lot to do with how those persons who may have seen would respond to the police. If it is that we can get sufficient evidence to charge someone then that will help us significantly. In the absence of that, then we have to see what we can do otherwise. And I must warn that if those persons who may want to retaliate on his behalf, they need to understand that they reside on south side and south side is still under a state of emergency which has been extended for two months. So if it is that we see that they are going to start with their nonsense and want to be shooting and injuring even innocent people, then we will do what needs to be done.”

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