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Jan 31, 2023

Laddie’s Family Comments Ahead of Visit to Shooting Scene

Laddie’s father, Emil Bradley, is a former police officer and believes that the fourteen-year-old and his friend, Thomas Palacio, were being profiled in this incident.  This opinion aside, on Wednesday, following an early morning session inside the Dangriga Supreme Court, a locus will be conducted at the scene of the shooting. It will allow Justice Moore and the court to physically walk through the scene of the incident. The Scenes of Crime personnel who processed the scene and Palacio are expected to be there. Laddie’s family speak about the location and what it is for them.


Emil Bradley

Emil Bradley, Father of Laddie Gillett

“Going back to that site is something good so that Miss Moore could get a clear picture of what happened. They stated earlier in the testimony about three hundred feet. Man look yah, three hundred feet – the space in that area is not even three hundred feet. So you know my whole thing is why lie. Just say I fired a shot but it is a warning shot but it didn’t go in the air and it hit him or whatever. But don’t say you fired a shot. These are the things that hurt like they don’t care about a life. They continue lie, lie, lie.”


Lucy Fleming

Lucy Fleming, Grandmother of Laddie Gillett

“I think what hurt me the most was just to think that they left Laddie right there. I had the hope that he had died instantly. It is a strange hope to have, but in any event no one bent down, kneeled down to him, held his hand, anything; if there was any movement whatsoever. I just find that so inhumane. That’s what hurts me more than anything else. But like you said, we created a new space; we wanted to change the energy, we always cried, the whole village was crying. We would all cry together and now it really is a very nice space, the children go and play there. So energy can be changed, but memories can’t be so we’ll always live with those.”

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