A 24-year-old man who family members said was recently released from prison was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon as he played a game of dominoes through Odle Corner off East Street.
Family members on the scene whose screams and wails pierced the afternoon air identified him as 24-year-old Kentlee Milford of Eneas Jumper Corner off East Street.
Central Detective Unit (CDU) Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle said it was sometime around 1:00 p.m. when officers received reports of gun shots being fired in the area.
“Officers responded to the scene where they met a male suffering from multiple gunshots about his body,” he said.
“Our preliminary investigations reveal that the victim was sitting under the tree playing dominoes with three other males when two males emerged from the northern side of the street, one of these men were armed with a hand gun, approached the victim and started discharging shots in his direction. The victim got up and attempted to run but collapsed a short distance away. We believe that the assailants then ran west, got into a green Honda type vehicle and left the area.”
Nacius Milford, the victim’s grandfather, was also on the scene as crime scene investigators looked for the clues and wheeled Kentlee’s lifeless body into a waiting hearse.
Mr. Milford said his grandson was released from prison last week.
“They said daddy, ‘They killed Kentlee,’” he recalled. “I was home, I just reached home, so when I head inside I heard it, my granddaughter told me Kentlee dead, I don’t believe that.”
A cousin of the victim who wanted to remain anonymous said that it is unfortunate to know that he lost a loved one to violence.
“Clearly I know it’s gang related, gang violence, it’s one of the social ills we face in these parts but at the end of the day hopefully they find who did it and justice is served,” he said.
“Right now it’s a blow for the family, we are already going through a lot because his father, a junkanoo legend, Francis Milford is actually in hospital fighting for his life right now at this time so it’s a blow for the family for sure.”
Superintendent and Officer in Charge of The Central Subdivision Leamond Deleveaux was also on the scene, he offered assurance to residents.
“As I spoke to the media over two weeks ago, I indicated then that it was our intention to move about these communities ensuring that the residents feel a sense of safety and security, we’ll continue to do this,” he said.
“This is a tragic and unfortunate incident that took place here today but we will step up efforts to ensure that if possible members of the public continue to remain safe.”