Three ‘Please Call Me’ texts and a call to his friend that ended abruptly may have been indications that Howard Pascal was in trouble days leading up to his tragic death.
Pascal, a resident of Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet, was reportedly found chopped to death in the wee hours of this morning, Sunday, Nov. 18, on the football field next to the Corinth Secondary School in Corinth.
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According to reports, Pascal’s body was found with what appeared to be wounds mainly to his upper body, including his head and hand/s. A resident in Corinth said pieces of body parts of what appeared to be finger/s were found close to the body. Blood stains can be seen just outside the penalty area of the football pitch.
St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has not yet received information about the exact time the body was found, but calls and texts to our news team came in as early as minutes to 6 a.m. Sunday.
When SNO visited the scene later this morning, residents told us that Pascal was reportedly last seen at a party in the north before he was killed. While residents spoke to us, men were seen playing football on the field Pascal was killed. They were however playing on the opposite side of the crime scene, which was already opened after police completed on-the-spot investigations.
SNO then journeyed to a bumpy, dirt/gravel road behind the ‘Old Government Building’ off the public road in Bois d’ Orange to find Pascal’s house. There, in a clustered neighbourhood, this reporter found a group of neighbours and friends, on a verandah across from the deceased’s house, speaking about the incident.
One of them, David Philogene, aka David Smoke, told SNO he last saw and socialized with Pascal two Fridays ago, but pointed out he received about three ‘Please Call Me’ texts from the deceased earlier in the week. This included a call from Pascal, he said, which ended abruptly as it appeared he ran out of credit.
“He called me Wednesday and his phone just cut off… sounded like he was trying to ask us to meet,” Philogene said, adding that some time ago his friend tried to tell him that something was wrong but never elaborated.
“He said he had two issues dealing with but he never say what they were,” said Philogene, who added that Pascal was not known to be a troublemaker or a “notorious person”.
According to Philogene, he and Pascal were not only close friends but former co-workers. Pascal was not known to be working anywhere when he died, Philogene said.
“He was a very well-mannered person. Everybody he sees he greets them,” he said.
Philogene said when he heard that Pascal was killed, he was in denial. To ensure that it was true, he visited the deceased’s home and found it locked.
One neighbour told SNO that Pascal was planning to hold a birthday party for both of them.
“He was a quiet person, he never greeted you without asking how you are doing,” one of the neighbours said.
Philogene said Pascal, who lived alone in a two-storey house, had asked him to move in with him at one point. His only companion lived outside: his pet dog, tied to a tree in the yard.
When SNO visited the scene, the dog was sometimes seen directing its head towards its owner’s apartment and sniffing the air, waiting for him to come home.
This is the third homicide in St. Lucia within a one-week period.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, a double shooting in Maynard Hill left a 16-year-old dead and his best friend, also 16, nursing a gunshot wound. Both are students of George Charles Secondary School.
Two days later, on Monday, November 12, 48-year-old Francis Mathurin of Petit Bough in Anse-La-Raye was stabbed to death in the community. A man of unsound mind was held for questioning.
Almost 40 homicides have been committed in St. Lucia since the start of 2012.
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