Teakettle Youth Murdered Over “Jealousy”
A Teakettle, Cayo District family have had to come to sudden grips with the death of a loved one, found fatally chopped in some bushes behind the village early this afternoon. As we come on the air, they are preparing to lay to rest seventeen year old Ernesto Wiltshire, also known as “Jun.” He had been last seen at his house in the village on Tuesday, after coming back from a fishing trip. But he was called back and ambushed, allegedly by someone who held a deadly grudge against him. News Five’s Aaron Humes reports from Teakettle.
Aaron Humes, Reporting
He was known as playful, a hard worker, close to his family. But someone wanted seventeen year old Ernesto Wiltshire, better known as “Jun,” dead, and said so publicly. His aunt, Sharon Woodye, told us that a threat he did not take seriously has come back to devastate his family.
“He actually told friends and so that there is a guy [that] told him that he needs him to die and then one of the females said, ‘But why?’ He said it’s because he’s [jealous of him.] Like that. And that was about it because he never hand no problems with anybody else.”
“That’s the only person you could think of.”
“Yeah. We spoke to a little guy that saw four of them climb the hill going back towards where they found him [dead], and actually the guy told my sister that there was four of them. So they gave her the names and she took it to the station already.”
The family had organized a search party and made a missing person report after “Jun” was not seen since Tuesday, when he had gone to the river with friends. It would be the last time anyone, except for the persons who lured him to his death, saw him alive.
“I talked to the Police, and they told me that – because I was going back there, but at the same time when the guy came he said ‘You know something? Nobody can enter there because it’s already in the Police’s hands. So I just stood there and then I get a phone call and they told me that they need stuff to do the post-mortem; so I just come back and get the stuff and then drive back there and leave it with the Police.”
“Have the Police spoken to you? Did they say what they had found?”
“Actually, he got a chop wound on the back of his head, and we have to wait until they do the post-mortem so that we could know what we will do after that, because if the doctor doesn’t come from Dangriga today, then the Police will have to mind the body whole night until the doctor comes by.”
“But at this point, the family is satisfied that somebody did this to him?”
“We know that somebody did it, because he would never chop himself; he would never want to kill himself.”
The sixth of thirteen children died, in the same clothes he was last seen wearing, just three weeks after a relative passed from symptoms of cancer. The double blow has left the family wondering what was so important to his killers that he would cause their relative to lose his life.
“We didn’t expect that we would find him dead and stuff like that. It’s really grieving for our family because we recently buried one of our little nephews, he actually died due to cancer. So it’s [not] even three weeks now, and we have another nephew that we have to put away and do funeral services again. So it’s really hard for my family and worse for my sister because the nephew is her grandson that passed away a couple weeks ago. And whoever did that, they have no mercy. I mean, they have to think about – they have brothers and they wouldn’t like somebody to do their brother that. So it is really hurting our family at this moment.”
From Teakettle, Cayo District, Aaron Humes reporting for News Five.
At news time a post-mortem examination had not taken place. Police investigations continue.