Boy, 14, drowns in Lamaha Canal under mysterious circumstances
The body of a 14- year- old boy was fished out of the Lamaha Canal, popularly known as the “blacka” shortly after noon yesterday.
Dead is Daniel Younge, a pupil of the Nehemiah Comprehensive Secondary School and of South Ruimveldt Gardens.
The young boy is said to be the son of popular Albouystown businessman Colin Younge, who operates a liquor store. According to reports the young boy was in the company of three other youths who are yet to be located.
One relative told Kaieteur News that Younge was left in the care of an older sister. It was sometime in the midmorning when he left his home without notifying relatives. The relative explained that while he was at the “blacka,” one of his friends swam up and said that he was ‘feeling something’ in the water.
“My friend shout and say he feel like a man deh underneath the water…so I say if you feel something pull it up” the relative related. He received a shock when the body was pulled from the water and it was his cousin. Panic immediately erupted and the lad was rushed to the Georgetown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The relative told Kaieteur News that doctors at the hospital informed them that the teen was dead for about four hours prior to the body being found. That revelation along with the fact that the lad was fully clothed prompted relatives to believe that mischief was afoot. One woman who identified herself as a sister speculated that the lad was pushed into the canal by friends and left to die.
“He wouldn’t go to swim and have on all his clothes…I believe they pushed him and left him to die,” the distraught woman said. This newspaper was told that the lad’s father along with other relatives left for the United States sometime last week to conduct business. He was expected to return last night.
The child’s mother was inconsolable at the hospital as relatives broke the news to her.
Investigations into the incident are continuing and a post mortem examination is expected to be done sometime this week.