A family member has denied that 16-year-old Dequan Joseph, one of the victims of Sunday’s triple homicide in Bois Den, Jacmel, was involved in gang activity.
Following the shooting deaths of Gillan Charles aka Gideon, Kyle Richard, and Dequan, members of the public and law enforcement sources have suggested that the murders may be gang related.
However, Odita Joseph, who identified herself as Dequan’s sister, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that her “baby brother” was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Let’s be clear my baby brother isn’t in any gang,” she noted. “He’s not from the area either. We are originally from Conway. He went to visit my son who is in SLU (St. Lucia) with his dad. He’s not in no gang.”
Odita, who is currently in the United States of America, said her mother called her with the bad news Sunday.
“My mom lives lower down from the incident. She sent him to bring some slippers that I sent to my son, and he saw the other victims by the road doing some BBQ and he stayed to help. Shortly after she got a call saying that her son is on the ground,” Odita explained.
She said her son’s father was one of the victim’s of the shooting. He was hospitalised.
“My son’s dad got shot in his toe and he’s doing okay,” she said.
Odita said she hopes the shooter surrenders because there were multiple witnesses.
“… Many people saw what happened. SLU is a small country and I do hope he turns himself in,” she explained.
“The shooter knows what his motive was. He went to get someone and my baby brother and the others pass in it.”
Odita said her late brother attended Methodist school then Bocage Secondary but did not graduate.