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Jan 20, 2012

Looking for answers about brother’s death

The expectant death of a loved one can cause grief long before the actual passing. But when that loved one has not reached the twilight years and suddenly perishes, it can be heartbreaking. Berisford Reyes has lost two brothers to tragedy. He has felt helpless in both situations that span decades. His older brother Horace “Sparkles” Reyes, a Boom resident, was found dead, floating in a river one year ago. Berisford is on a mission to find out what happened to his brother since the circumstances surrounding his death, do not support a drowning.

Berisford Reyes, Looking for Answers about Brother’s Death

“They found him in the river in Boom where there is a wooden deck right by the curve where tourists come. He was in the water hooked up under the deck. Half his body was face up; that’s what the pictures show.”

Jose Sanchez

“And I am assuming people were saying he drowned?”

Berisford Reyes

Berisford Reyes

“That was the first impression they got. I understand there were some people there who lived around the river and that’s what they thought. But the autopsy proves he didn’t drown?”

Jose Sanchez

“But a year later, what does the autopsy say?”

Berisford Reyes

“Inconclusive; not a drop of water found in his lungs. I witnessed it. I was there.”

Jose Sanchez

“Were they able to tell if it was a heart attack, stroke, anything?”

Berisford Reyes

“Dr. Sanchez did the autopsy. I was there with him and I asked him when he was done and he said he can’t put his finger on it.”

Jose Sanchez

“But you’re not willing to accept that he may have been afflicted with some sudden illness that caused him to drop into the water?”

Berisford Reyes

“No, I am not willing to accept that because the pictures that I got with him in water will show otherwise. There is a huge gash across his face that seemed fairly fresh. If you look at the face—this side of the face, he is perfect and this side is all bruised and black and blue and piece of the lip was hanging. So when I looked at that.”

Jose Sanchez

“You’re not willing to accept either that he may have fell, cut his face and what you saw was signs of decomposition?”

Berisford Reyes

“No because Monday morning, I don’t even think my brother was in the water for twenty-four hours.”

Jose Sanchez

“What are you hoping to accomplish now by showing the public your brother’s condition at the time of his death?”

Berisford Reyes

“Because I want the public to see these pictures so that they can realize that my brother got hit, he was killed or something to that effect because these pictures don’t lie. And the autopsy was inconclusive which means the doctor couldn’t really tell what killed him.”

Jose Sanchez

“I am assuming a year later the emotional wounds for you and your family are still fresh?”

Berisford Reyes

“The wounds are there just like it happened yesterday for me—I cannot speak for my family but I live with these images every day; every night.”

Reyes also lost his eldest brother to a traffic accident when he was a child and no one was charged in that incident.

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  1. Maria Marshall says:

    Can anyone Imagine a coronor’s conclusion to an autopsy being “I cannot put my finger on it”. !!!

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