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Apr 27, 2020

Marked for Death, Julian Ebanks is Murdered in Bainsville, Hattieville

Julian Ebanks

Julian Ebanks was shot and killed this morning in the Bainsville area of Hattieville Village. Ebanks was released from prison merely two weeks and had complained that his life was under threat. Just before six o’clock when Ebanks was returning to his house, someone from among a group of three men opened fire on him. He was hit multiple times and died while being rushed to the K.H.M.H.  Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

For weeks now, it has been generally quiet as it relates to gun violence in the city and elsewhere and there was a sense of citizen security in terms of crime. But that lull was interrupted this morning in Hattieville when thirty-year-old Julian Ebanks was gunned down in the Bainsville area of the village. It happened before six o’clock as Ebanks was on his way home from buying cigarettes.


Phyllis Rubio, Mother of Deceased

“This morning I di get ready to catch a ride to go to Belize since di bus noh di run and when I come downstairs, I hear so much gunshot and I run come out. My stepson say Julian just gone up the street so I run come out and I gone up the street and the lady di point ina di bush and ina di drain so I neva know how fi mi gone. So when I reach by them dehn say somebody deh down ina di drain. I ask them if dehn see Julian and dehn say no, dehn noh see ahn. So I gone and I look ina di drain and haul up ahn cause ih turn on ih belly. I haul up ahn and turn ahn over and then I see dah he. But I di try call 911 and I can’t get through.”


After the family was able to get through to the authorities, a gravely injured Ebanks was being rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but died in-transit. The blood stains on Phyllis Rubio’s jeans an indication of the haemorrhaging.


Phyllis Rubio

Phyllis Rubio

“I check by ih neck and from ih nose go right down full ah blood. And then I see ih got bullet mark on ih two hands, ih have on ih chest, ih belly and ih neck. I just hold up ahn ina di police truck so that the blood coulda help ahn. When we get by four miles, the ambulance reach wi, take out ahn and check ahn and put ahn back cause ih mi done dead.”


It would seem that Ebanks was marked for death. Back in October 2017, he was shot in the Conch Shell Bay area; he survived that attack, but had hearing complications thereafter. Most recently, he was charged for an incident in the Mahogany Heights community where he lived. Ebanks was remanded and about two weeks ago, he was released from prison. His mother, Phyllis Rubio says that his demise was expected.


Phyllis Rubio

“Ih get release because dehn mi accuse ahn because ih burn up some man da [Mahogany] Heights.  And ih come and after that ih say dehn want kill ahn. Ih say, “Mommy dehn wah kill mi. Dehn want kill me.” I believe so I expect it fi happen, but when, I neva know ih mi wah happen. Yesterday he borrow di bike to go down to Hattieville and he say ih meet some bwai and dehn tell ahn keep off a di road. And I tell ahn keep off the road. And I tell him that he dah he one and ih can’t fight all ah dehn cause ih noh got no friend and dehn dah wah generation ah dehn.”


Even as the family will not be able to lay Ebanks to rest in a traditional funeral, it is even more heart-wrenching because he is Rubio’s second son to be killed. She is now a mother of three daughters.


Phyllis Rubio

“Leon Ebanks was around Christmas time down dah Hattieville so this is the second one and the last.”


Linsford Slusher

Linsford Slusher, Stepfather of Deceased

“I talk to ahn cause ih more listen to me. Dah wah nice lee fella yo know, but I noh know weh dehn do pan the outside cause dehn programme on the outside. But when ih deh round me and thing, ih help me; ih work a lot. Ih got the whole yard clean up since ih deh yah fi two weeks. Ih help me a lot.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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