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Jul 15, 2021

Surviving Teen Recounts Ordeal

Late this evening, the teenager that was with Laddie Gillett during the fatal shooting posted on his Instagram page about the incident. Calling it a senseless murder, he says “the cops and security intercepted us as we were heading back to Chabil Mar resort. The men who caused us to run were dressed in all black and they didn’t shout police or security, so we took that as a red flag and as someone who wanted to rob or hurt us, so we ran the opposite way. I was instantly hit with a baton on my back and one shot was fired. Laddie fell instantly. I fell to my knees when I heard the shot, then I was kicked up, hit several times and held at gunpoint as these dirty cops stood over me, while I was on my back. Laddie was less than twenty feet away from me, not moving at all. They checked his pulse right there and then and they all agreed that “bwai di man gaan”, di man get shot bwai.” They then turned their focus on me saying “weh we a do with he now?” as the gun hovered inches above my face. They then kicked me up again and roughed me up. I asked if Laddie was alright and nobody gave me a direct answer – just “shet up lee bwai” and stuff like that. They had us there for at least ten minutes. Laddie was left there for ten minutes before they even bothered to start doing anything right. My memories are scattered and we are all in shock, but this will be dealt with justly. Laddie was my brother and I loved that youth very much, always will. See you in heaven little bro.”  As we said a criminal and an internal investigation is underway as the officer who fired the deadly shot is in police custody.

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