A man was shot to death in Bois Den, Anse La Raye last night, Oct. 29.
The victim has been identified as 39-year-old labourer Julius Albert, also known as Bouden.
In a press release, police said Albert was shot by an unknown assailant in an area opposite the Bois Den Pentecostal Church.
“The victim was discovered by his brother Leonard Albert, seated on a chair at the entrance to his (Julius Albert) dwelling house with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the back of his head,” police said. “The body was transported to the Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor.”
A relative told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she heard gunshot/s and didn’t take it serious at first, as this has become a norm in the community.
According to the female relative, from where she stood, she saw Albert sitting in front of his television, but after some time had passed, she called him and he never answered.
“After a few minutes we heard Julius dog barking, we chased it, ignorant of the fact that the intruder was in my now dead cousin’s house,” the relative told SNO.
The relative said she found it strange that Albert didn’t respond to her call, because she saw him sitting in front of the television minutes before.
“When he didn’t reply, we went down to his house, which was a mere few feet away only to see him with a gunshot wound to the back of his head,” she added.
Meanwhile, another relative who lives next door, said she heard a loud bang and thought immediately that someone had been shot.
A neighbour saw his door open and called out to him, but he did not respond. His sister even went down to his house and saw him sitting, so she went back to her shop.
Moments later he was discovered bleeding from the back of his head. Relatives said he was killed execution style. One relative discovered shoe prints at the back of his house leading down hill. It is believed the shooter escaped by foot.
The family is very saddened by his death, as it is the second person in the family to have died in one month. His brother’s child died recently. A friend of the family who spoke to SNO said “that’s just sad we are getting ready to bury two people.”
The police are asking anyone with information that can assist in the investigations to contact the Major Crimes Unit at telephone # 456-3754 or the Anse La Raye Police Station at telephone #456-3600.