Couple Gunned Down at Hanover Home on Emancipation Day

A couple was shot and killed at their Hanover home on Emancipation Day when gunmen, posing as police, attacked them.

35-year-old Venesha Oreggio and 30-year-old Miguel ‘Elder’ Wilmot were reportedly killed around 3:00 a.m. yesterday after opening the door to men who they believed were police.


Reports from the Sandy Bay police state Oreggio and Wilmot were awakened by a loud knocking on the door of their two-apartment board dwelling. The men on the outside reportedly identified themselves as police and ordered Oreggio to open the door. After she opened the door, the perpetrators started shooting at them.

After murdering the couple, the gunmen ransacked the house and stole an undetermined quantity of cash.

The father of Venesha, Lloyd Oreggio, spoke to The Star, recalling his daughter had an unlucky history with the men she dated. His daughter, who is a shopkeeper and a mother of 5, is said to have dated men who were all killed before she dated Wilmot, who is a construction worker.

“One of har bayfather get stabbed to death few years ago in Haddington, Hopewell. Then har other babyfather and him brother get kill right a Pumpkin Bottom yah suh,” Mr Oreggio said, while adding that his daughter now lost her life with her current partner.

He described his daughter’s love life saying, “She never did lucky wid man at all.”

Another attack on Emancipation Day occurred in another area of Hanover that is called Barbican. This attack was on an individual identified as Omar McDonald, who was also at home. The 29-year-old labourer of Barbican was sleeping when gunmen, who travelled on motorcycles, broke into his home and opened fire on him.

The armed men reportedly searched his home before escaping on their motorcycles.

Both killings are under investigation and the total of murders the parish has recorded in 2022 is now at 25.

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