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Mar 13, 2012

Before his murder, he told his father take care

David Hernandez

The murder statistics went up by three over the extended holiday weekend bringing the list to seventeen since the beginning of the year. The latest homicides were recorded in Orange Walk Town and Mahogany Heights. In the City a twenty-one year old was gunned down on Racecourse Street. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports on the murder in Old Capital.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Shortly before nine on Sunday night, David Hernandez’s s last words to his father were ‘take care’; but a short while later, the weight of those words was shattered by three bullets that took his life:

Jose Hernandez, Father of the deceased

“Ih say, ‘pa tek care ah yuh self,’ and I tell ah ‘yuh know ah wah do that.’ Suh I gone and buy mi cigarette and I come back and when I come back David wasn’t here. His little niece, my grandbaby told me that David went with another young man dah di shop gone buy. So I start look fi him. I gone way by the kinnel and look fi him but I neva find ah. Suh I say I wah tek mi bike and come back and mek wah bigger circle, right. But when I came back and deh by the gate, I heard three shots, ‘pow, pow, pow.”

Jose Hernandez

Twenty-one year old David was gunned down on Racecourse Street; he was hit three times to the left side of the body:

Jose Hernandez

“But I didn’t realize it was my son that was getting shot. So, when I look I saw a guy coming, running and say ‘Mista Ricky, Mista Ricky, deh just shot David.’ Suh ah run to the scene but they had already gone to the hospital with him. Suh I came and I left for the hospital and when I get deh I si my son lay right down, dead.”

Andrea Polanco

“To which part of the body was he shot?”

Jose Hernandez

“He was shot in the shoulder here and two in the back.”

But the Hernandez family believes David wasn’t the intended target. He was in the company of a minor:

Jose Hernandez

“He mussie had friends inna ih neighbourhood but that dah what sometimes I think deh nuh like. But the shooting, I nuh think dah mi fi David. I think dah mi fi di little guy that was with him. Because when the gunman come up, dis dah weh deh tell mi, when the gunman come up, David tell the guy ‘bwai run because the gunman wah shoot yuh, bwai run’ and then dah he deh shoot. So, logically I dah say, dah the little bwai deh wanted to shoot.”

The Hernandez Family says David has never been involved in neighborhood rivalry. He leaves behind a pregnant girlfriend. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

Police say that no one has been detained in connection with Hernandez’s killing.

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