Sixteen hundred and sixteen (1,616) murders were recorded in Jamaica during the year 2017.

Of those murders, 335 took place in the parish of St James. However, the tally for total murders could rise as fifty other cases have reportedly been listed as death investigations.

This means 2017 is among the bloodiest years on record.

In the year 2009, 1,683 persons were killed in Jamaica – the highest on record.

In 2005  a year also a year filled with bloodletting there was a recorded 1,670 murders.