Murder, on a Sunday afternoon Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

On Sunday, March 18, 2012, Jovanni Saldano, 26, an employee of the Housing and Planning Department, was gunned down in his family yard on West Street as he returned from a nearby shop.  Saldano was shot about 12 times; the shots caught him in the chest, neck, back and arm.

The information we gathered suggests that Saldano left his family home shortly after 12:00 p.m., to purchase soda from the store after his mother told him that the Sunday dinner would be finished within minutes.

There were a few family members at home at this time; the yard adjoins two houses. The other house is occupied by neighbors.

Saldano went to the store on bicycle; he returned to his family yard a few minutes after, opened the gate. This was when he realized that he had been followed by a gunman.

Upon realizing that he had been followed, Saldano tried escaping by running to the back of his family yard in between the two houses.

Saldano could not escape his attacker.  The gunman, at this point, was merciless, firing over 12 shots at Saldano. Most of them, sources say, caught him.  Saldano died immediately as police came and rushed him to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

According to additional information we gathered, the gunman had originally arrived in the neighborhood on bicycle, leaving his bike in the care of another unknown man on King Street. The lone gunman then went running in the direction of Saldano’s family residence and returning after the killing to retrieve his bicycle.

Saldano’s murder has brought his family much grief and confusion because they are unaware of who would want him dead.  The family said that Saldano was a hard working individual who was very friendly; he had been employed at the Housing department for almost 2 years.