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Jan 3, 2017

Randolph Johnson Killed in Afternoon City Murder

Randolph Johnson

2016 closed with a record number of murders, one thirty-seven persons were killed by December thirty-first. The carnage at the start of 2017 shows no signs of letting up so far; the past four days have been brutal especially in the Old Capital where of five murders, all except one occurred.  Tonight, we look at the bloodshed and start with the latest murder which occurred this afternoon in the City. Just after two p.m., shots rang out near mile three on the George Price Highway where at least five young men were fishing. Nineteen-year-old Randolph Johnson was shot multiple times and perished before he could get to the hospital; two others reportedly were grazed. His aunt told News Five that before ‘Tunutz’ went fishing, a series of unfortunate events got in his way.

 

Voice of Aunt of Murder Victim

“I mi deh yah di get ready fi go dah work when I get wah phone call from one of my friend; she tell me dehn just shot “Tunutz.” So I said, “What?” I never believe; I still yet di sit down and then my sister-in-law called me and say gial dehn call back and say that “Tunutz” dead. So I ask my neighbor fi ker we dah hospital. I never believe still till when I gone there and see ahn. But all kinds of signs dehn neva fi mi go: bicycle puncture, chain buss, bike take long…all kinda thing.”

 

Duane Moody

“Where did they go? What were they doing in that area?”

 

Voice of Aunt of Murder Victim

“They gone fishing. They just decided because they say my lee son gone and ketch tawpound [a fish] yesterday and they mi like di way my ma cook it so they decided fi make all of them go do it so that they have tea later. But my nephew end up gone because he want crawna fi eat and as he reach, according to my son, ih ketch di crawna. So ih bend down di ketch fire fi put this crawna and dah then di gunman just come and shot ahn and chance ahn outta ih life because my nephew dah wah strong person and if that gunman mi come front way, ih mi wah fight to the very end. Ih neva mi wah give up.”

 

Just last year, Johnson was stabbed multiple times, but survived that attack. The two other persons that were reportedly injured in the shooting have been treated and released from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. 

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