Residents of the Fourth Street community in Trench Town, Kingston, are in mourning following the death of a 15-year-old Tivoli Gardens High School student who was killed by a stray bullet.
On Friday, September 2, a family celebration was upended after Nevado Maitland was slain during his aunt’s welcome home party. Reports state that Maitland, also known as ‘Teflon’, was sitting at the gate in front of the family home with other children when a gunman approached and fired off his weapon. According to Maitland’s family, the teen was not the intended target, and the assailant had approached to kill another man, but the bullet went through the gate and hit Maitland in the head, killing him instantly.
The family shared that Maitland was a bright young man who was always willing to help and acted much younger than his age. Described as not being a “road pickney,” the teenager would usually be inside at that time but was attending the celebratory event held for his aunt, who had recently returned to Jamaica.
The shooting has left the community tense and fearing a resurgence of violence. Reports state that there was a previous feud in the area, but the residents have enjoyed peace for some time.
Since last Friday’s shooting, the police have listed a man known as Desroy Walker, otherwise called “Shamar,” as a Person of Interest in the investigation. According to Radio Jamaica News, the Head of the West Kingston Police, Senior Superintendent Michael Phipps, revealed to the outlet that Walker contacted the police, promising to turn himself in, but has not yet done so.
Individuals have reportedly threatened to take revenge for the killing of Maitland, specifically threatening to harm Walker’s relatives. The authorities have since removed the suspect’s mother, father, and siblings from the community to a safe location.