MISLEADING: Gruesome photo being circulated as that of Corinth chopping victim

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MISLEADING: Gruesome photo being circulated as that of Corinth chopping victim

Hours after news broke on Sunday morning that a body with multiple chop wounds was discovered on a football field in Corinth, a photo of a man’s head with a gaping, brain-spilled wound was being circulated on social networking site, Facebook.

Persons circulating the photo have indicated that the photo is that of 31-year-old Howard McGarvey Pascal of Bois d’ Orange, Gros Islet, who was found chopped to death in the wee hours of Sunday morning on the Corinth field.

However St. Lucia News Online (SNO) can officially confirm that this is totally false. The photo being circulated is that of a victim of a violent riot in Guyana earlier this year.

The deceased in the photo was not chopped but was allegedly shot in the head by heavily-armed Guyanese riot police. A high-calibre weapon, likely a shot gun, was allegedly used to shoot the man in his head.

Three protesters and about 20 others were wounded on that day in July 2012 during demonstrations against rising electricity costs.

In fact, the editor of SNO received the said photo earlier this year from a St. Lucian resident who has family in Guyana. The source relayed photos of the riot to SNO as the event unfolded, and the photo of the deceased, was among those sent.

Howard Pascal was chopped to death. His body was discovered on the Corinth football field on Sunday morning.

On receiving the news of the misleading Facebook circulation, SNO immediately investigated the reports and made verification with Guyana sources.

A Facebook wall post of the man’s gruesome photo has a caption which reads: “f** up chop… #HEAD OPEN LIKE BOOK! No sah tings mad in lucia”.

SNO is therefore pleading to persons to stop circulating such misleading items on the Internet.

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  1. howard was found on de field by de penalty goal with hes neck slashed not hes head open and dis happen on de grass we was very sad at de moment and busy with de police but i hope the ppl who soread such a rumour will pay for it

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  2. this is wrong information you are miss leading the people this did not happen in St Lucia, this Happen in Guyana please give the people the correct news

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    • ADMIN: Clearly you only read the headline and not the story. The purpose of the story is to inform readers that the incident took place in Guyana and not St. Lucia.

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  3. my thoughts are with howard's family. they are greiving over the loss of their son/brother/nephew/cousin. at this time, please show some respect.

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  4. IS THAT THE BEST EXAMPLES TO SET FOR OR YOUTH

    PUTTING THE BRAINS OF A MAN OUT,IM NOT SAYING WHAT EVER HE DID HE HAD THE RIGHT TO DO IT BUT TO KILL HIM IN SUCH A WAY I SO UNREASONABLE ALMOST LIKE THE PERSON WHO DID IT WAS PERSEST BY SOME KIND OF EVIL FORCE.

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  5. When I looked at the surroundings of the photo and the photo of when the guy was found on the field I just knew dat it wasn't the guy, I debated with my friends for a while, but no-one agreed. In deh face!!!

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  6. certain St Lucian are just sick in the head and what they don't realized is that they are low rating St Lucian people that's why we St Lucian wont be allowed anywhere.

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  7. Finally someone is standing up to St. Lucians who do not understand that they are destroying what the are not even assisting in building. Well Done SNO! Standing Ovation!

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