Youth killed by stray bullet laid to rest
Dameon Belgrave who was killed by a police stray bullet two Fridays ago outside the popular White Castle Fish Shop on the eve of his birthday was laid to rest yesterday following an emotional home going ceremony.
Belgrave was shot two Fridays ago as police fired a shot into a crowd in the vicinity of the Fish Shop while trying to apprehend three young men whom they had cornered following a ‘high speed chase’.
The young man’s body was taken to the Pouderoyen Market Tarmac for viewing and tributes. At the tarmac hundreds paid their respects to Belgrave in the form of poems, songs, hymns, and the most touching was his eulogy. However, one common sentiment which was expressed during the numerous tributes was the disproval of the way the young man met his demise.
The funeral service was attended by several members of the opposition.
Following Belgrave’s death, Commissioner of Police Leroy Brumell visited his family’s home and promised that justice will be served. Several representatives from the Opposition also paid visits to the dead man’s family. To date three police ranks have been placed under close arrest as the police continue their investigation into the shooting incident.
But there are reports that the ranks may have to be placed on open arrest since their prescribed detention period has expired.
The police had sought the permission of the High Court to detain the ranks for an additional period of three days after the initial three day period had expired.
To date the Director of Public Prosecution has not advised on whether or not to charge the cops, having requested further investigation to what was presented in the file that was sent to her.
This situation has caused some tension, since it can be recalled that two other ranks who have been charged with murder as a result of another reckless police shooting have disappeared.