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Women... now targets in city rivalries; two dead, two injured Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Two women, 64 year-old Theresita Flowers, and 17 year-old Delcia Blanco, were gunned down and killed execution style in what looks to be a gang retaliation. It appears to be a kind of statement between rivals that not even innocent family members are safe in this escalation in the continuing street war.

On Saturday, March 18, at around 7:10 p.m., police responded to a shooting at #7642 Tibruce Street, which happens to be the home of Theresita Flowers. The officers entered the home and came upon Blanco’s body on the ground at the entrance of the house, she had a toothbrush in her mouth. Further into the house, they found Flowers’ body, where she had collapsed after being shot in the back while trying to flee for her life.

Reports to the press are that at about 7 p.m., Theresita Flowers was in the kitchen preparing food. She was in the company of 16 year-old Shaniqua Ramclam, 19 year-old Daniel Hughes, and Flower’s 13 year-old granddaughter; they were all having supper. Delcia Blanco reportedly opened the door to go out and brush her teeth, but she didn’t make it far because 2 gunmen ambushed her at the entrance and shot her in the head. They immediately turned their attention to Theresita Flowers, who ran in the direction of her bedroom. Before she could escape, the gunmen shot her in the back and the left buttocks. That’s where she collapsed and took her last breath.

The shooters didn’t stop there; they kept firing, and the other guests were also hit by the barrage. Shaniqua Ramclam was injured on her right arm, and Daniel Hughes, was injured on his left arm. They survived the attack, and were rushed to the KHMH for medical treatment. Ramclam’s injuries have her hooked up to a blood draining mechanism as the bullet injured her right lung and it remains lodged in her body. She recounts that she managed to escape further injury because she hid under a bed. Flower’s 13 year-old granddaughter was fortunately spared from the attack because she too was hiding in a bedroom while all the gunshots were being fired.

Police also confirmed that officers responding to the double murder also came under fire from the gunmen. The officers had to return fire, but the shooters escaped by boat.

Preliminary indications are that these 2 women were murdered as a retaliation for last week’s murder of Bernadine Lauriano, at her Aloe Vera Street home.

Police Commissioner Whylie discussed the case briefly at the Prime Minister’s Sunday press conference to address the spike in violent crime.

Whylie told the press, “The investigation at this time seems to lead that that murder last night was retaliation for a previous murder where a lady was killed on Aloe Vera street and where a child was also injured.”

The implications of that are very worrying for innocent citizens, who could be targeted by gang members simply because they are deemed guilty by association.

For the family of Theresita Flowers, her murder is the re-opening of old wounds. At this time, they are reminded that. In 2001, they lost a brother to a fatal stabbing; then, in 2016,  Tanika Lemott, a sister, was shot and killed while she was returning from a Christopher Martin concert. Making matters worse is that the shooters are known to the victims. Andrea Tucker, Flowers’ daughter pointed out that, “it is people who ate out of my mother’s pot when they were smaller so they know. If you come for somebody, my mother is someone like this if my nephew did you wrong you could have spoken to my mom and you would have gotten your justice, if my mom would let police hold my nephew that would have been done.”