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.
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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