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Feb 21, 2017

Fatal Family Feud Troubles Eaton Lamb’s Family

Eaton Lamb & Tishaun Hamilton

The murder count went up by four over the weekend; the first occurred just after midnight on Saturday. Seventeen-year-old Eaton Lamb was stabbed and killed by his cousin, twenty-four-year-old Tishaun Hamilton. Hamilton was caught by officers on patrol in the Antelope Street Extension area of Belize City because Lamb ran to their location for assistance, as Hamilton pursued him with the knife.  Today, the accused murderer was arraigned before the courts and remanded for the crime, leaving his family distraught. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Reginald Hamilton, Father of Tishaun Hamilton

“I’m so much sad about what had happen. I don’t know how much it would take for me to really get over it. it is not my brother, but it is my cousin and then the committer of the crime is my son. So that put me in a tough spot cause it is half and half.”

 

Eaton Lamb

Duane Moody, Reporting

An emotionally overwhelmed Reginald Hamilton continues to mourn the murder of his cousin, more so because his twenty-four-year-old son, Tishaun Hamilton, has been arraigned for the fatal stabbing of seventeen-year-old Eaton Lamb. This morning, Tishaun, who has been in police custody since Sunday, was brought to court in a prison van and was read a single charge of murder before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza. No bail could be granted and Hamilton, a resident of Pelican Street, was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until May second, 2017, which is the date set for disclosure to him in the murder case. Reginald says he wasn’t at home at the time of the incident.

 

Reginald Hamilton

Reginald Hamilton

“I came back to my surprise that he had taken his own cousin’s life. it hurts me so much because the cousin life that he took is one that I see growing; his mother helped me to grow my son or my sons, especially Tishawn. So that boy’s life that he took, the mother of that boy is deceased, but she is like a mother figure to him too because she was even working inside my shop with me for some two-three years. She had been good to me. I don’t really understand what is really happening.”

 

The cousins, who grew up like brothers, lived next door to each other on Pelican Street Extension. So what could have triggered the attack on Lamb?

 

Jason Lamb

Jason Lamb, Brother of Deceased [File: February 20th, 2017]

“It’s just shocking fi just feel that dah wah close family member. Dah somebody weh always deh round; deh ina di yard on a daily basis, somebody weh yo could talk to cause dah like first cousin. We neva think such thing mi wah happen mien. But it just hurt mien. It hurt…nobody knows how ih feel until ih knock pan dehn door. Weh ih do, ih mean do cause ih stab di guy and still chase ahn down. That dah something I really can’t cope with cause that means dah something weh ih mi really want do cause I was here. From the evening I was here and that guy Tishawn Hamilton dah my first cousin and ih come two time and ask me, Jason weh part my bredda Eaton deh. And I tel, di man dah only me one deh bout; nobody else noh deh yah. And the man gone pan that. within twenty minutes, thirty minutes span, the man come right back and ask the same question. And I told the man, family, weh di go on…tell me weh di happen mine. Cause then Eaton noh deh yah and I wah could give ahn yo number make di man could text yo. And he say, ih alright family.”

 

Tishaun Hamilton

Reginald Hamilton

“I don’t see the need for him to have wanted anything or what was the situation that triggered the incident. I suppose he must have been aggravated in some way or the other. I know he is cool going; I don’t know if alcohol was a contributed factor. I don’t really nothing; all I know is that the wound that he inflicted, if I in my right sense…I am on the preservation board for life and it hurts me so much because when a person takes life, I have a zero tolerance for that. I’m taking care of people all over and it hurts me so bad to know that my son took a life.”

 

Eaton was stabbed twice, to the chest and back, but ran several blocks from his attacker, who was in hot pursuit. He made his way to a police checkpoint on Antelope Street Extension, where the suspect was detained by police and Eaton was rushed to the K.H.M.H.

 

Fitzroy Yearwood

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Press Officer, Belize Police Department [File: February 20th, 2017]

“Police were on patrol on Antelope Street Extension, where they saw Lamb running from twenty-four year old Tishaun Hamilton. He was in direct pursuit with a knife in his hand. Police managed to disarm Hamilton; he was then detained and Lamb was transported to the K.H.M.H. for treatment. Unfortunately about twenty minutes later he succumbed to his injury. We know that Hamilton is detained and he should be charged for this murder.”

 

The Hamiltons are grief-stricken and while they mourn the untimely death of a close relative, they also have to accept the fact that the crime was committed by one of their own. According to Reginald, he was able to speak with his son, Tishaun, who is remorseful, but will have to accept his fate.

 

Reginald Hamilton

“He need to be dealt with by the law and I have a zero tolerance, like I said. The judicial system is there. I am hopeful of no retaliation. I am hopeful that people that have close connection to Eaton…I love him. At a younger age, he used to eat with me in my shop on Racoon [Street]. I’ve never gotten the opportunity to lose a child and I don’t know how it feels to lose a child, but certainly it must have been worse than how I am feeling if I lose a cousin and the person that committed the crime of that lost cousin is my son. He said, “Dad, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it. I didn’t mean to kill him. I didn’t mean it dad.” I said, “Well mien, there’s nothing I can do to change it. You cannot bring back a life. You dah wah big man now, mien. I am not going to take my hand to wipe off you, but you got to deal with the repercussion of a lost life.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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