Detectives from the St Andrew South Police Division are trying to piece together evidence in a double murder in Duhaney Park, St Andrew, yesterday afternoon. So far, a motive has not been determined for the slaying, investigators say.

Residents reported that two men purporting to work with a utility company were granted access to the rented house the women shared. Not long afterwards, the men were seen running from the home.

The Gleaner understands that men dressed in white helmets and khaki drove up to the house. They proceeded to call one of the women by name, telling them they were there to fix a leak.

“It was then that one of the women came out and opened the gate for the two men. After that, the next thing I hear is that dem over deh dead,” a passer-by told The Gleaner.

An eight-year-old girl, daughter of one of the women, subsequently ran from the house screaming.

A search of the premises revealed the two women shot dead in one of the bedrooms. A police source familiar with the ongoing investigation told The Gleaner that a pillow was used to muffle the gunfire.

The double murder brings to 77 the number of homicides in the St Andrew South Police Division, according to police data.

Residents in the community say they knew little about the women as they had just moved into the Duhaney Park community from Clarendon seven months prior. “The police will be doing all they can to find the identity of these women while at the same time, we will be carrying out intense investigations into this latest murder,” said Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit.

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