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Mar 18, 2020

Perlene Polonio Mourns the Loss of Her Son to Gun Violence

Derrick King

Eight areas across the city are on lockdown tonight as a state of emergency is in effect. The crime that swept through the Old Capital at the start of the week left seven persons dead. Derrick King, an employee of Bowen and Bowen, was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon on West Street while he was making deliveries. King became the latest victim of the ongoing feud among the gangs; three others were injured in that gun violence and hospitalized. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano.



Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The late afternoon murder of twenty-two-year-old deliveryman Derrick King, an employee of Bowen & Bowen Ltd., is the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, bringing into immediate effect a state of emergency south of the Haulover Creek.  On Tuesday, just after three p.m., King’s mother, Perlene Polonio, was inside her place of business when her daughter received an ominous phone call.


Perlene Polonio, Mother of Deceased

“Da my daughter get di call that Derrick get shot and I try fi be humble, I try fi be easy with it and I seh like, “Zeline, you sure da Derrick?”  Ih seh, “Yes man, da Derrick.”  Ah seh hmm, ah seh okay.  Wahn next call come een, “Derrick get shot.”  So we try fi reach the hospital, when we reach the hospital da because da Derrick, you know.  And when I sih Derrick eena di police vehicle I feel like dehn rip di whole inside ah my body out.”


Sadly, it is the kind of anguish that has become all too familiar.  King, along with a coworker who has since been identified as twenty-year-old Haywood Brown, was on the job delivering beverages near the intersections of Orange and West Streets when gunfire erupted.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police were called to the corner of Orange and West street where they observed the motionless body of a male person identified as Derrick King, twenty-two-years, a Bowen and Bowen employee.  Also along with King was Haywood Brown, another employee who had also received gunshot injuries.  Also receiving gunshot injuries in the same incident was Francine Wade, forty-eight-years-old and Clifford Oliver, thirty-eight-years-old.  What we know so far is that the two Bowen and Bowen employees had stopped to make a delivery when they were approached by two male persons who fired shots towards their direction, injuring all four persons.”


Of the four victims, King was mortally injured.  The others suffered varying degrees of injury.  The Faber’s Road resident who had been with B&B for the past three years is described by his grieving mother as quiet and humble.  Her son, she believes, was simply became a victim of circumstance when feuding groups in the vicinity of West Street began exchanging gunfire.


Perlene Polonio


“The way how ih look like ih mi deh da di wrong place at di wrong time, but still, that coulda mi be avoided.  The amount ah shots weh I sih my son get da like dehn di tek anger outta somebody, outta somebody pan he and that shouldn’t be, yoh undastand.  Even if Derrick mi get di first shot and he di try fight that, why he continue shot ahn? Why he continue?”


Fortunately for Brown, Wade and Oliver, they were able to escape grave injuries.


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Francine Wade and Haywood Brown have since been treated and released from the hospital, whilst police investigation into this matter continues.”


Notwithstanding a state of emergency being implemented, Polonio is making a desperate plea to the powers that be to seriously crack down on crime.


Perlene Polonio

“So why this government or the prime minister or whatever, dehn noh step down and do something to dehn young man before ih go really, really far?  And ih done do go far because fu di week, how much people di eena di morgue?  How much people?  Innocent people, babies.  Dehn eva sihdown and think bout that when dehn done do that?”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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