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Feb 5, 2020

Murder Victim Refutes Police’s Theory; They Say Anthony Parks Wasn’t Killed Because of Drugs

Anthony Parks

On Monday, we reported about the death of Anthony Parks. He was shot in Independence Village on the morning of January twenty-second. Ever since then, he was hospitalized up until his death on Sunday morning. In our first report of the incident, in an interview with the media, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams said that Parks’ shooting resulted from a disagreement with Shane Bennett, which they believed was over drugs. The family called us today to refute that theory. They say that while Parks and Bennett once enjoyed a close friendship, in recent months they had a falling out.  They claim that Parks asked Bennett to vacate his home because Bennett was committing a number of thefts in the village and he didn’t want to be a part of it. They say that Bennett got angry and threatened to kill Parks. Today, his common-law-wife shared what she saw the day he was shot and explains why they are refuting the police’s theory.


Shane Bennett

Voice of: Shakira Diaz, Common-law-wife of Anthony Parks

“We inna bed the morning and I heard the person hollered, ‘ Bwai, Broaster’ and then I heard he said, ‘Tony’, and so he jump up and my bwai come out and tell ah please don’t bring your problems here because you know we don’t live here and you know where I live so don’t bring your problem here. He fired four gun shots after my bwai and miss my bwai and the mistake with my bwai is that he gone and turn his back and get another four more shots. I come out with two elephant foot or quart or whatsoever and I stoned it after him and then he fired the other shot after me. At that time, my bwai done  deh on the ground long time di bleed.  Basically, I nuh like the idea how Mr. Chester Williams gone pahn the news and say that this dah drug related because this is not drug related. This is somebody weh grow up with we and raise with we. My bwai took him in after he got out of jail. He cut my bwai, chop my bwai, sent him to jail and did him a low and my bwai still didn’t report him. My bwai put him out because he go dah places to thief and my bwai nuh tolerate thief. And from my bwai put him out and the war started. He said that anywhere he met him he would kill him.  My bwai still nuh gone report ah. Two weeks after that he sent my bwai dah jail saying how my bwai pull a gun after ah. And the person who charged my bwai and sent him to jail is his relative. Like two weeks later he dropped the charge and and then like two weeks after he come and hollered for my bwai and then shoot my bwai.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, why do you think the police are calling it a drug deal gone bad or labeled it as some sort of drug related transaction?”


 Voice of: Shakira Diaz

“Well, because they know my bwai sell his lee weed from time to time. So, they nuh come ask me no question and up to the time my bwai dead they nuh come ask me nothing. They just put it their own way and feel that he di sell drugs so it must be off drugs. This is not because of any drugs, this is because of a thieving situation.”

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