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St. Lucian immigrant dies after altercation with construction worker in Washington

By Washington Post

2017-03-07-08_39_32-something-like-road-rage_-man-dies-after-altercation-in-construction-zone-in-nWASHINGTON POST – He was trying to park his boss’s pickup truck in a private lot off Rhode Island Avenue and Second Street, near his home in Northeast Washington.

But Desmond Joseph, 41, was in a work zone and apparently had trouble reaching the space he needed. Witnesses told police that he got out of the truck and started tossing aside orange traffic cones blocking the way. It was Thursday about 3:40 p.m.

A construction worker confronted Joseph and an argument turned into a single punch to the head, D.C. police said. Knocked unconscious, Joseph was put on life support.

Joseph, who emigrated from St. Lucia and was an avid gardener who helped his neighbors perfect their plots, died the next day at a hospital. His death has been ruled a homicide.

“It’s a horrific incident,” said the man’s wife, Lisa C. Joseph, 48. “It didn’t have to happen.”


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  1. The head line should be"Saint Lucian dies after being punched worker". Initially thought he was so upset that he had a heart attack.

  2. So so sad.....we need to learn to walk away from these things rather than hitting persons....I'm so sorry for your loss, Joseph's.

  3. Ignorant Lucian behaviour belongs in Saint Lucia not other countries

    • He was trying to get to a PRIVATE lot. yes he could have asked the workers to let him move it to pass, the worker had NO RIGHT putting his hand on the man. I hope he gets good punishment. All it takes to kill someone is one knock in the right it has been proven here. Now let the worker pay..Mr. Desmond was not his child.

    • Was it another St. Lucia who killed him. this did not have to be resolved with heating him. think before you'll write

  4. I'm reading these comments and it's very pathetic of some ppl...I'm the sister of Desmond Joseph..indeed he was a good man! Not one soul in the neighborhood had a bad thing to say about him....he died innocently! And also tried to call for the Law...911....

  5. punch. too much! RIP. Condolences to his family!


  7. Sad way for someone life to end.

  8. wow so sad eh. only the good people go so fast.
    smh you punch the guy and now he is dead. thats why it is good to be the bigger person and walk away. now the guy that killed him lost his job and most likely will go to jail whilst joseph is dead

    • Seriously? ONLY the good people go so fast? I eh know the fella but that statement is so foolish. You mean there are no bad people who die fast? Live fast life die fast life?

      • Very well executed I love how you composed this one sometimes my people act as if they're not able to comprehend That the main reason the country is in such a state!

      • I'm his sister and i can say that indeed he was a good freaking ppl are.quick to judge..and he also tried to 911...

        • Take care of yourself.Don't let no one say to u don't cry u alone know what u loose.

        • Lady, please grieve in peace - maybe this is not the place you need to be right now reading comments. You can't fight with the world unless it's dire - everyone has an opinion. You know your brother personally and if you want to tell us about him go ahead and make that statement - no need to get entangled with others at this time. Peace be with you.

      • What makes the statement foolish? Maybe this person has been around a lot of good people who have died and did not have the time to mention others who were not so good and also died. Your backer loves how you composed your response. SMH. Cut from the same judgemental/criticising cloth. Any opportunity to prove being smarter than others.


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