Double Murder in Ladyville Print
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

The Marage Road area of Ladyville is currently tense with a bitter rivalry that has flared up and resulted in a double murder. 24-year-old Casey Lozano and 25-year-old Marlon Spain were killed in a shooting where an entire group of friends were at risk of getting hurt. Police say that at around 6:45 p.m on Tuesday, January 23, they were called to respond to a shooting on Marage Road. When they visited the yard of 40 year-old Anna Chi, they found the lifeless body of Spain lying on the ground; he had suffered a gunshot wound to the head. About 200 yards away, they found Casey Lozano clinging to life after he suffered a gunshot injury to left upper back and another to the buttocks. They also went to the KHMH, where they found 22 year-old Jonah Gray suffering from a gunshot wound to the groin area. Also receiving treatment at the KHMH was 47 year-old Sidney Humes; he was the fourth person who was injured in that shooting. Police investigation so far has revealed that Jonah Gray, Marlon Spain, Casey Lozano and a group of other companions were socializing inside Anna Chi’s yard. They were caught off-guard by a pair of gunmen who approached them from the bushes, and opened fire on the group. Spain and Gray were injured first, and the gunmen allegedly chased Lozano down before he could escape. He was shot next, and police say that in the spray of gunfire, Sidney Humes was injured to the left leg and left knee while he was sitting in front of his home on Compassion Road, which intersects with Marage Road. Lozano was rushed to the KHMH, and his family tried their best to keep him alive, but he passed away and was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Spain’s body was removed from the scene about an hour and a half later. Police are not able to say at this time why the group was targeted, but they are looking into all possible motives. Those living in the neighborhood suspect that this group of friends were targeted in retaliation for March 2016 murder of Rene “Fat Cat” Chavarria. Casey Lozano’s mother, Cynthia, told the press that she also suspects that this is the reason why her son is now dead. She made the point that if the Tuesday night shooting was a retaliation for Chavarria’s killing, then those killers were not justified. She insisted that her family had cordial interactions with Chavarria while he was alive, and that she treated him like a son. She said that if these killers were trying to prove themselves with that shooting, they have accomplished nothing but to bring grief and pain to the families and friends of the victims. Lozano finds herself burying another son. On April 18, 2013, police shot and killed her other son, 21-year-old Ryan Lozano. They say that he was caught in the act of burglarizing a home. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie has told the nation that he and his officers are trying to deploy responses such as mediation, and police operations in an effort to contain possible retaliation for this double murder.