The families of three men who were gunned down on Sunday in Jacmel are devastated and looking for answers from the police.
Speaking for the first time to the media since the incident, the mother of 37-year-old Gillan Charles claims that he might have been “at the wrong place at the wrong time”.
“He was a very, very loving son…. He came from work and he went to drop a message for somebody and went with some friends drinking a beer and eating some sardines,” Julie Charles told HTS News Force on Tuesday.
The man’s mother recalled she was walking down the same street with a friend, when someone approached her and gave her the bad news that her son was shot. She said she went to the crime scene and saw her son’s lifeless body on the ground.
Asked how she is coping with her loss, Julie said: “I am taking it very hard… everybody…. He leave an unborn baby there.”
Gillian also has a 7-year-old son.
Meanwhile, the relatives of Kyle Richard, who was injured during the incident and later succumbed at Victoria Hospital, said he sustained seven gunshot wounds.
His aunt Thelma told HTS: “I heard the gunshots you know, and I thought it was the thing (fireworks). And then my cousin came and call me and tell me that Kyle got shot…. He was undergoing surgery at the time he passed.”
The family of the youngest victim in that shooting, Dequan Joseph, 16, claims he too was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Odita Joseph, who identified herself as Dequan’s sister, had told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an earlier interview that she hopes the shooter surrenders because there were multiple witnesses.
Massy Stores has confirmed that two of their team members lost their lives in two separate unrelated incidents, one of them is Gillan who worked at the Cul de Sac branch.
The other victim is Shermiah Clercin who passed away days after being shot at Leslie Land in Castries.
“These incidents were not work-related, nor did they take place on the work site. We are extremely saddened by the loss and have taken all steps necessary to ensure that our employees have access to counselling to support them at this very sad and difficult time,” a senior Massy official told SNO.
The company says it wishes to express condolences to the families and will also be visiting them as well.