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Sep 4, 2019

Rafael Usher Passes Away a Month After Getting Shot

Rafael Usher

Twenty-seven-year-old Rafael Usher, known to friends and family as Ragga, succumbed to gunshot injuries he received on July thirty-first.  The Arlington Drive resident was shot on Central American Boulevard that Wednesday night and remained hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. until Tuesday when he passed away.  Usher was accosted by two persons on a motorcycle, who opened fire on him.  Despite a very grim prognosis, he clung to life for the better part of five weeks.  According to Usher’s mother, Desiree Young, her son lost his battle after undergoing a fifth surgery.  His killers are yet to be apprehended.


Desiree Young, Mother of Deceased

“Rafael was in ICU for a long time but doctors said the stomach was real messed up so there was nothing they can do, but doctors said he was strong because he was young.  But dat mussi give ahn time fu mek ih mi live longer.  Doctors said he was dying slowly, and I see it and I see it, but he still didn‘t give up.  Ih stay strong cause he ihself mi think that he mi wahn live.  Ih seh, “No worry ma, when I get outta dis I wahn change.”  You know, cause he thought that he mi wahn live.  Ah said, “Rafael, yo haftu pray.  Yoh need to pray.”  Ah said, there is nothing else I can do, ah tell ahn.  Ah pray and pray to Jehovah, heal yo and mek yo come back to me Rafael, ah seh, but ih noh eena my hands no more.  I think da di lotta surgery weh ih tek too, the five surgery weh ih tek.”


Isani Cayetano

“When you said that he told you that should he pull through this, that he would change, what was he speaking to specifically, in terms of his lifestyle?”


Desiree Young

Desiree Young

“No, when ih seh change because I use to always rail up with ahn bout this henging out.  Rafael, why yoh go out deh, noh go out deh.  Rafael get rid ah some ah dehn friends deh.  Dehn deh da di thinsg weh I use to tell ahn cause if use to like go pan di veranda and mek lotta guys di deh di smoke weed pan di veranda and I use tell ahn bout dehn ya friends, tell ahn bout dehn ya friends all di time. I wahn miss he.”

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