Joel tried hard to stay out of trouble, described as friendly

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Joel tried hard to stay out of trouble, described as friendly
Joel Nobal aka Willie/Wells
Joel Nobal aka Willie/Wells

Joel Nobal, otherwise known as Wells or Willie of New Village, Castries will not only be remembered as the first homicide victim of 2014, but as a humble man who sold snacks from the shed he was killed in on Thursday, Jan. 2.

A friend of the deceased, speaking on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online that Nobal was a hardworking young man who tried to stay out of trouble.

“When he was way younger I heard stuff but he’s been doing well and staying out of trouble for years,” the friend said. “Where he was killed, he used to sell snacks for the children who played football. That’s where he chilled every day. This one is tough. He worked hard to stay out of trouble, so hard.”

The 27-year-old was shot in the head in a shed in New Village about 9:30 Thursday night. The police were fired upon by thug/s near the death scene. One person is in custody assisting with the investigations, police said.

Another friend described the deceased as pleasant and friendly.

“I’m gonna miss his smiles,” she said.

Asked about his past, she added: “I don’t know much about his past. We all have one. But what I do know is that he was a cool kid.”

Most say Nobal was not known to have been involved in trouble.

“I know he was in a fight last year in the neighbourhood. Most people saw but he calmed down and walked away. I was there that night. I heard the commotion, got up and checked,” the resident said.

A resident said this might not be the end of the saga, especially if a shootout occurred between the police and hoodlums – suggesting that the shooting might be gang-related.

“If that’s the case, this isn’t over, and I fear that more killings will happen,” the resident said.

Nobal is survived by a daughter.

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  1. R.I.P Joel u will surely be missed...as a young woman who is well known people wonder why I bother being nice to guys like Joel..i usualy work late and I can honestly say that guys like Joel made me feel safe walking through Castries at any time ...my heart is full and im saddened I saw you the day before and you said that this year you would make it out of where you were but I never imagined it would be your way of saying goodbye...for the few years ive known u ..u always tried so hard to stay out of trouble I will miss ur smile, ur laughter and ur kindness...I will miss u dearly

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  2. I was raised in the getto up to the age of 18. when I left school at 16 I spent two years sitting on the block with the guys. I soon realized that this was not the life for me. Got myself a job and moved out of the getto. Now after 15 years(Ibetter'm now 33 yrs) I have built myself a home, gotten married n have two lovely children. I pity getto people who are not as fortunate as I am. If i had stayed in the getto I may have been dead by now.

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  3. We end with killings and we now hv began with it. Something needs to be done. Why is there no press conference or some kinda action from the gov't level. Kenny u said u had the answer for crime. Are u so cold hearted not to share it with the ppl u say u love. obviously all dem RIP'S N God lay his hands not wrkn. Tell us something La Corbs. All u not reading whats in the media again? SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION,

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  4. R.I.P Joel a good friend. Stood up for what he believes but not a trouble maker, he pass made him a better person... Sad to hear you gone that way

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  5. R>I>P bro,i don't know u but regardless of your pass no one deserved to die that way.i hope ths criminal is caught soon.Ghetto life is no excuse for crime.There are lots of decent individuals who lives and came from the area.R.i.p.

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  6. To SHYNESS I hope none of your family members sit on the "block", end up in fights, etc before you open your mouth like the ignorant person you are. BILLIE BOB how well do you know him??? If you'll knew Joel when he was younger to the man he was now you'll would have never said that. I never see someone change as much as he did. Always tried to keep the kids in the area out of trouble. Building the shed so they can chill play game instead of running around doing shate with themselves. Always doing something in the area to help out the people. Not going to deny he did have a past but that was something he never allowed to be emulated by the younger children in the area. His main focus was his daughther and making sure there was peace in the area. He did his time for his wrong doings. What happen to him there was uncalled for. R.I.P the yard will never be the same without you. Hoping your daughter well

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  7. Shyness that's yur comment and yu putting god at the end yu deserve one in yur face bigup yourself wells we all kno yur strength foreign and Is yu alone that was holding new village down yu was a real friend a real strength rip

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  8. I didn't c eye 2 eye wit wells but I would never wish death 4 nobody cuz it would b cumin back 4 dem. R.I.P

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  9. Who are you to judge , we all have done wrong in some way or the other and realise that it's time to change as we get older. If you don't know this young man keep you BS comments to yourself a lot of people go by hear say but know nothing.QUIT it already. After ever homicide the story remains the same .For GODS sake some of you right here commenting and talking BS have a troubled family member or friend . Why you don't go and ask that person to change. Some of you people are so hypocritical . Who has no sin cast the first stone. RIP JOEL

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  10. I don't care what ppl say, Joel had changed a lot cuz I he didn't dem pussies would not get dat chance to take him. He was a good friend to me, I hae known him since I was 4 when we were in primary school and he never show me no bad vibes. Da ghetto is a rough place as a young man coming up and ppl need to remember dat before they come and put their self-righteous, hypocritical comments, particularly of they don't know da victim personally. All of I have somebody u know who has done wrong and y'all don't automatically call the police, so stop the hypocracy. Big up urself Wells...u gone too soon but u were a real friend and a real soldier and I will always remember u for dat. Respect My G.

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  11. Dat is so sad!!!! Da year jus start n lives alreadii been takin.... Da killings will neva stop cuz evil is really a powerful thing but u c (PRAYERS) is da GREATEST n most POWERFUL weapon on earth

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  12. I am now 32yrs old. As a younger indedual I used to think that u just kill and get rid of eliments that engage in these activities but, as I grow older, more experienced, wiser I notice that there's another way to look at this senario. Take for instance one comment before mine. In it the person noted that they hadd seen the victim try to shoot someone and now others are saying that he had a past but, he tried so hard to stay out of trouble. From that I guess they mean the similar life style of guns and violence. I've realised that when ppl are young they tend to do a lot of foolish stuff and as they grow older they begin to get wiser and turn away from these troubled acts. What I believe should be emphesised is that our young ppl need to have different areas of interests, different things that appeal to them other than guns and being the badest dud on the block. Our ppl need to learn fogiveness, mercy, turn they other chick, make a brother out of an enemy. We need to learn to appolagize when we do someone wrong. Change our wicked, vindictive, evil and negetive mind set. We are killing our brothers, our friends, our selve and we don't know it. The man u may kill might be the best person to have as a friend andd we don't even know it. Come on my ppl let's do it. Let start by changing our very own hearts and minds. When a friend is ready and willing to go kill someone for dissing them or what ever, let pull them together and encourage them in a way of peace and find the most peaceable way of handling it. GOD speed!!!

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  13. U live by the gun and die by it. Am sure he left some other family mouning so why cant his family mourn for him. When will these young men ever behave themselves? Lord keep protecting my family n love ones

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    • How are you sure of this shyness? since he was never convicted of such a crime im guessing you bared witnessed to it..so if you are indeed "sure", my question to you is why haven't you reported it?? your ignorance is showing dear (before you assume that im just defending a friend i will tell you i have never even heard of the guy before he died)

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  14. When I was a lil boy I remember seeing that same guy pull out a gun & try to shoot another individual but the gun jammed,it was him & another guy name Pookie (who is already dead).After that incident I didn't see much of him but glad he was trying to change.Too sad it's too late though.This gangster life is a vicious cycle that keeps on going on & on...A lot of young guys try to make their names ring Bells for all the wrong reasons & unfortunately it ends up ringing church bells...Never really knew the victim but I remember what I saw.RIP.

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  15. He was a good friend to me and I was blessed to have known him. Judge and let be judged. Rip Joel u r in the best place now #realtalk #jahrules

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      • True uncle...One can only be in a better place if he was born AGAIN...Not if he was born...People focus on the Bible not the conclusion of priest or pastor..

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  16. NEVER GONNA END CAUSE THE DEVIL IS WINNING...THEY GIVE THE MOST HIGH THEIR BACKS...NEVER THE LESS...WE STILL GOTTA KEEP PRAYING FOR THEM, FOR THE SAKE OF ST LUCIA

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