Police investigate murder of vacationing Canadian teen at wake in Jamaica

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Murdered 14-year-old Canadian Ricardo Williams. (Photo: CBC News, Canada)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday August 31, 2015 – Police have issued a “person of interest” bulletin for a man they want to question about yesterday morning’s shooting death of a 14-year-old Canadian boy.

Detectives believe Omar James, alias ‘Judge’, can assist them in their investigations into Ricardo Williams’ murder and have urged him to turn himself in. Police have advised him to report to the Hunts Bay Police Station by midday today.

Williams was spending his summer holiday in the Caribbean island and was attending a wake at the time of the fatal shooting.

The circumstances surrounding the murder are sketchy.

According to police, people attending the wake heard explosions around 1:51 a.m., and subsequently discovered Williams with several gunshot wounds.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In a statement issued yesterday, Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said Canadian consular officials in Kingston were in contact with local authorities to gather information on the murder, and they were also providing assistance to the teen’s family.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who passed away in Jamaica,” the statement said.

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