Wife had ‘bad vibe’ hours before husband’s murder
As she lay beside her husband Earl Jackson about 9 p.m. Saturday, Marva Jackson had a strange feeling and began crying.
Earl kissed her tears and tried to reassure her that everything would be OK, but her gut still told her that something unpleasant would happen. She was right. Earl, along with her nephew Orville 'Mr Bean' Hermit, 29, and another man, Kevon 'Killi Killi' Bonfield, were gunned down less than three hours after her premonition in Pleasant View, Bull Bay, St Andrew.
"Him go sleep and den him jump up and say him want a smoke and a suh him come out a di house and my nephew say him want a rizzla too and both of them went on the road," she said. Jackson said she grew worried when they did not return home, so she searched for them.
"Mi walk come up and stand up inna di yard and then a just bare gunshot mi hear. Mi belly whop mi two times and mi say 'Jeesas Christ, a weh 'Earl' deh?' And little after mi see di police dem a come up," she said. After briefly speaking with the lawmen, another police car drove up.
"Same time mi nephew look and say 'Nuh Uncle Earl dat?' and when mi look mi see mi husband and mi nephew lie dung pon di grung. A next body was there but at the time mi never know it was Kevon. Mi nah go see mi husband alive again. Dem just take mi husband from mi like that. Mi husband was nice and jovial, him don't even cuss bad word," she said with tears streaming down her face.
Police reports are that about 12:10 a.m., the three men were along a roadway when they were approached by a group of armed men who opened gunfire, hitting them. The police were summoned and on their arrival, the men were seen with gunshot wounds in a pool of blood. They were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Over a dozen bullet holes were visible in the asphalt where the incident took place. A police officer on the scene told THE STAR that the men were killed with high-powered weapons. He also stated that the depth of the holes in the ground suggested that the killers may have stood over their targets while they mercilessly pumped their bodies with bullets.
Alicia Vernon, Hermit's mother, was a picture of grief. She said she had left her son watching a movie when she went to take a shower.
"Mi nuh know when him go thru di door and den mi hear say him gone road with mi bredda-in-law gone look cigarette and rizzla and den a bare shot mi hear. Mi guh a di gate and stand up and mi see mi sister a bawl say her husband gone up di road but mi tell her not to cry because probably dem hear di shot dem and run gone hide. All this time mi never know a dem get shot," she said.
Horace Bonfield, Kevon's brother, said he was awakened by the explosions but had no idea that his younger sibling was a victim.
"I was stunned when I saw them, I couldn't do nothing. Kevon was hard-working. Him jerk chicken, him cut trees and him make charcoal. He was always doing something. Mi love mi bredda man, we work and do everything together. We were very close and people sometimes think he is my son. Only thing Kevon do is smoke him weed. Yuh could a mouth him and say anything to him. He was slow to anger," he said.