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Dec 22, 2008

55 year old succumbs to gunshot to the face

Story PictureAnd while Bou-Nahra’s death is yet inconclusive, a fifty five year old man was shot and killed early Saturday morning. George Emmanuel Cofffin was at the corner of South Street and East Canal when a man pulled out a small firearm and fired a single shot to his face. The senior citizen then walked from the area of Dean Street to the Mesopotamia Police Substation and sat outside the station until the mobile unit arrived. Even with the gunshot wound, Coffin had the strength to get into police pickup by himself. Coffin later succumbed to his wounds at the K.H.M.H.

Louise McKenzie, Niece of Shooting Victim
“He no interfere wid nobody, he go bout ih hustle ih lee pint bottle, ih hustle ih lee food and so and buy whatever ih want. Ih noh interfere wid nobody. I noh know weh dah di reason why dehn hurt ah.”

Jose Sanchez
“Was he someone who had like a bad crowd that he would hang out with or anything?”

Louise McKenzie
“No, di most people he woulda heng out wid dah people weh woulda buy dehn lee drink and dehn drink and keep to themselves. Everybody dat come in contact after di, ih shock dehn because George noh interfere wid anybody. He usually deh wid ih own crowd and do ih own thing.”

Supt. Julio Valdez, O.C., C.I.B.
“That matter is still under investigation. We have one suspect we are, we believe could be responsible. But that matter is still under investigation. We have a suspect who we are looking.”

Jose Sanchez
“The family says they don’t know him to have any enemies, do you expect this person to be charged.”

Supt. Julio Valdez
“If we can locate him, yes. If we have evidence, it is under investigation and we are looking for evidence and once we have that. But we are aware of who the suspect is and we are looking for him for questioning and to see if he can assist and if we have sufficient evidence, yes eventually.”

Louise McKenzie
“He no gang bang wid nobody, he noh inna no red and blue colors, he dehn pan ih own thing. Ih noh beat pan nobody. I noh know why ih have to happen like dis. Ih really give we wah shock dehn; a time like Christmas, we no expect it fi happen round dehn time yah.”

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