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Apr 6, 2018

Leeroy Haylock Killed in Fight in San Pedro

Leeroy Haylock

The forty-ninth murder victim since January is a youth from San Pedro. He was killed in the early hours of this morning on the north side of La Isla Bonita. Just after midnight, twenty-two-year-old Leeroy Haylock was slashed to the throat and left for dead in a bushy, empty lot.  There is no information about why Haylock was murdered, but what’s known is that he was out socializing with friends and before he was involved in a fight during which he was killed. News Five’s Andrea Polanco speaks with Haylock’s girlfriend who believes he was murdered by someone he knew.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty-two-year-old Leeroy Haylock was knifed to death around twelve-thirty this morning. Haylock’s throat was slit and he was left for dead in this abandoned lot on northern San Pedro. A noise in the area alerted residents and police to the scene. When they arrived here Haylock was already dead. He was lying face down with a cut to the throat. Police discovered a small knife on the scene which is believed to be the murder weapon. According to Haylock’s girlfriend, he was out in town socializing. She last him around seven on Thursday night.

 

On the Phone: Cozet Maximo, Girlfriend of Deceased

“The last time I saw him was yesterday about 7 in the night. Everything seemed all good and it didn’t seem like he had any problem with anybody.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“He didn’t say where he was going or with whom he was going?”

 

On the Phone: Cozet Maximo

“He said he was going to Chicken Drop to just chill and play a couple of the drop – a couple of the raffle weh deh play at Chicken Drop. But everything seemed all good and then he called me about 9:26 exact and we talked for a minute.  After that he just went up the coast with some guys – that is what they telling me. And after that a brawl happened in a little beach front alley and that is where all the altercation happened.”

 

Maximo says that Haylock didn’t have any problems with anyone recently and that he appeared to be in good spirits on Thursday. But after they spoke later in the night, he traveled up the north coast of the island with people he knew. It was here on the beach front that a fight happened among the men. When the dust settled, Haylock was the sole casualty.

 

On the Phone: Cozet Maximo

“There was a fight. It was a brawl.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if these are persons he knew? Friends?”

 

Leeroy Haylock

On the Phone: Cozet Maximo

“It has to be someone that knew him because no one goes up that side of San Pedro at nighttime if they don’t know the person they are going with.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And you don’t know what he was doing up there?”

 

On the Phone: Cozet Maximo

“No.”

 

Maximo says that she has no idea why Haylock was killed. Haylock is originally from Ontario Village but he has lived for many years in San Pedro Town. He lived in the San Mateo area and worked in maintenance. We are told that Haylock is known to the police because he has committed robberies and burglaries on the island. At this time police have one man detained and are looking for two others. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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