Two-Year-Old Boy killed ‘Ex­e­cu­tion Style’ in Ja­maica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The shock­ing ex­e­cu­tion­style killing of a tod­dler on Luke Lane in down­town Kingston on Tues­day night has left res­i­dents in the com­mu­nity in fear and out­rage.

Ac­cord­ing to rel­a­tives, the gun­man shot two-year-old De­mario Whyte in his head at point-blank range af­ter his in­jured fa­ther left him at the gate while try­ing to es­cape the gun­man’s bul­let.

The boy, his fa­ther and un­cle were shot af­ter gun­men drove into the com­mu­nity and started fir­ing on the cor­ner where the men were sit­ting around 8:30 p.m.

The child’s fa­ther was re­port­edly shot twice in his foot and once in the stom­ach while his brother was shot in the face. Both men are said to be in sta­ble con­di­tion at the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal.

Yes­ter­day, when the Ja­maica Ob­server vis­ited the com­mu­nity the grief was ob­vi­ous as res­i­dents stared into space while oth­ers openly shed tears and ex­pressed anger at the gun­man’s heart­less be­hav­iour.

The area was also lined with pieces of black cloth in­di­cat­ing that the com­mu­nity was in mourn­ing.

The tod­dlers’ grand-aunt, who iden­ti­fied her­self only as Taneisha, said that she, rel­a­tives and neigh­bours were on the road when a black car drove up.

“Me deh deh and mi see the car stop and wi just think a come dem come fi buy stuff cause a one shop deh deh but den wi hear the shot dem start fire.

“So we run go inna di yard and me a cry out be­cause mi know my kids were on the street, one whole heap a kids were on the street,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Taneisha, she heard her sis­ter cry­ing out for her son and when she looked out she saw a baby at the gate but did not know that he was her grand-nephew. How­ever, Taneisha said she could not res­cue him as shots were be­ing fired.

“Mi nephew sit down on the bench right there so and mi other nephew him (the gun­man) shot him inna him face and him run go down the street and the other one run go in­side the house and he had the baby but be­cause him get shot its like he couldn’t make it so him put down the baby right there and him say when him look back dem shot the baby and the baby drop inna the gut­ter and him run inna the yard and start cry.”

Taneisha said her nephew, who only re­turned to the com­mu­nity from Har­bour View about five months ago, since the child’s mother left for an over­seas work pro­gramme, blames him­self for the death of his son and has been cry­ing a lot.

“Him nuh stop cry, is him only child and is the only child for the mother. Him al­ways deh on the ve­ran­dah with the baby and ev­ery night a him put him to bed and have him pon him shoul­der a shake him till him go sleep, no night no pass and him no put him to bed,” she re­called.

While Taneisha spoke, some res­i­dents sat look­ing off in space while oth­ers ex­pressed anger at the men.

“Right now every­body lost,” one woman said.

“How you fi look pon a baby and put a gun to him head and kill him?” an­other one ques­tioned.

“Joyce say a God an­gel dem kill and dem affi dead,” an­other woman said.

How­ever, while the res­i­dents grieved, they ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the re­sponse of the po­lice who, they claim, vis­ited the home and tore down their gate.

“This morn­ing de po­lice dem come and all kick off the whole gate dem naa iden­tify dem­self, dem just kick off the whole gate.

“We fraid and yuh a kick off the gate, drop off the gate, how we a go sleep tonight?” Taneisha asked.

The res­i­dents also com­plained that de­spite the re­cent flare up of vi­o­lence in Cen­tral Kingston, the po­lice have not been main­tain­ing a pres­ence in the com­mu­nity, and called for greater po­lice pres­ence.

“Dem know wa a hap­pen in the com­mu­nity and dem should a all a cir­cle inna de com­mu­nity cause killing gwaan from the other day,” she said.

The po­lice have re­futed the res­i­dents’ claim regarding their pres­ence in the com­mu­nity.

An in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer from Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion said that the po­lice have been pa­trolling the area and that on the night of the shoot­ing they were in the area and en­gaged the gun­men in a gun bat­tle but they es­caped.

He said the po­lice are fol­low­ing strong leads and that from pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions it ap­pears that the at­tack was a re­sult of an on­go­ing gang feud.

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