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Jan 17, 2018

Foster Mom Vows to Do Right by Murdered Alfredo Cowo

Twenty-six-year-old Alfredo Cowo was ruthlessly dispatched in the early hours of Tuesday morning, as he sat in a golf cart with his girlfriend in the vicinity of Central Park in San Pedro.  But his murder is not going down quietly. The fisherman was shot and killed by an unknown gunman one week after telling News Five that he was in fear of his life, following the dismissal of a court case involving a pair of policemen.  Constables Norman Coye and Darnell Madril were before the lower court in connection with a shooting incident that took place in front of Jaguar’s in April 2017.  During the melee that unfolded outside of the nightclub, Cowo was among five persons that were injured when the officers opened fire into the crowd.  Subsequently, they were both placed on interdiction while the matter was heard at the magistrate level.  On January ninth, the case was tossed out because the court prosecutor failed to show up for the scheduled session; this is after several unexplained absences. 

Alfredo Cowo

That same Tuesday, News Five followed up with Cowo who indicated that he was seeking to reopen the matter.  He also explained that his life was threatened in the wake of the dismissal.  Ironically, Cowo was shot and killed at the very location where he was injured approximately ten months ago.  Earlier today, his foster parent Debra Randell contacted us to share fond memories of Alfredo.  She also informed that through attorney Marcel Cardona, all avenues will be explored with a view to resume the matter against the policemen.


On the Phone: Debra Randell, Foster Parent of Deceased

“He was one of my boys.  I took care of several boys down there from the time I started going to San Pedro back in 2002 and he was one of the boys that I just absolutely fell in love with.  He was just, you know, wasn’t always a good boy but had a good heart and, you know, he was dealt a lousy hand at life and once he was labeled there in San Pedro by the police department for any trouble he’d ever gotten into, it seems that within a thirty mile radius, if there was any trouble that came down they’d call my little boy in every time.  He was guilty before ever being able to, you know, be allowed to have any type of trial or, you know, it was just like hearing and trial over, you know.  Every time they picked him up, he was guilty and they dragged him in, and so he had a very, very rough life but he was a very kind, loving boy and he babysat my child from the time he was two years old up until my boy just turned eighteen and they grew up together there on the island and he’s going to be greatly missed.  This murder is not going to go unsolved.  I think it’s pretty clear to the general public and everyone, if you look on Facebook and so on, everybody knows what happened here and the thing that I want to make sure that is known by the police department and the two officers that shot my boy in April; that video is absolutely nauseating to watch a police officer maul around downtown with his shotgun out shooting at people and literally harming five individuals, innocent bystanders.  I could have been sitting there myself, one of the million different times, I could have been there with my child, I could have been there with my family, all of which is right there at the park in between the little circle of clubs that everyone goes to when they go to San Pedro, and the fact that these are police officers that got drunk and were swinging their guns around shooting people and they have the audacity to tell me that the prosecutor did not show up to prosecute them so they’re going to walk free is not going to happen.”

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