Just as sunrise broke yesterday over Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara, a family was plunged into mourning as the body of 22-year-old Dexter Allen was discovered, just opposite his home.
The victim had been stabbed. The body was reportedly discovered by one of Allen’s cousins, facedown in the mud, across the street from his 60 Church Street, Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara residence.
Upon the discovery of the body, scores of residents of the area gathered at the crime scene, all lamenting the young man’s passing.
The dead man’s mother, Ruth Newton, and Allen’s three siblings were visibly distraught, and were seen openly wailing.
Newton said that while she was on her way to work, she received a call from a family member instructing her to come home. When she queried why she should come home, she was told that it was an emergency. “When you come home you gun see wha’ happen,” the caller told her
She said that after this, she turned around and began to make her way home, when she received another call, this time from one of her sisters, who said “You ain’t hear wha’ happen to yuh son? Yuh son, Dexter, he dead.”
She added that she was too distraught to go and see the body.
She said that she had left home in the dark and certainly walked past the body without realising that it was there. When dawn broke, some churchgoers made the gruesome discovery.
The dead man, who was employed by Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited, as a labourer, would have turned 23 on Christmas Eve.
According to the family, this Christmas would be the most dismal they have ever experienced.
Allen was last seen sitting on the road, at approximately 20:30 hours, Wednesday evening, across the street from his home, apparently speaking on his cellular phone.
Compounding the mystery of the killing of Allen is the fact that no one from the environs claimed to have heard any sounds out of the ordinary that night, when it is believed the youth was murdered.
“Is jus’ so,” said a resident of the area, “no one ain’t know exactly wha’ went on, nobody ain’t got no kinda clue as to wha’ happen. Is just so you wake up and see a dead man.”
Allen was described as a quiet, easy going person, and no one in the village seems to know who would have wanted to kill him.
A resident of the area explained that he had seen two suspicious looking men standing where Allen had last been seen at approximately 01:00 hr yesterday.
According to the resident who had seen the two men, the men did not look ‘right’.
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