As investigators try to bring together the missing pieces of the gruesome murder of Delon Melville, a close associate believes that the act which was meted out on the dead man was one of a vigilante nature.
The partly decomposed body of 26-year-old Delon Melville, the Mocha/Arcadia, East Bank Demerara who had gone missing, was discovered on August 2 in a clump of bushes, approximately half-mile away from his home.
According to a close associate of the now dead man, Melville was not accepted by everyone in the community of Mocha. The source added that there were many times that the 26 year-old would be taunted by men in the area due to this seemingly effeminate behavior.
The man told this publication that Melville was accused by a number of persons of being involved in “homosexual practices”; which is something not tolerated in the area.
“This is Mocha and the minute you moving lil funny them does quick fuh want attack yuh”, the source said. The man also said that a few weeks before the murder, a boy who was said to be a homosexual was attacked and robbed by a group of young men from the community.
“The day after the boy get beat up the boy them been in the streets talking bout it like it was something funny”, the man said.
It was unclear if the person who was attacked resided in the area.
However, the associate said that the day before Melville went missing he was contacted by someone that he knew very well. The source added that after the phone call Melville was not his usual self.
“Delon was always an open person when it comes to certain things but that particular day he just shut out he self and said nothing. When I asked him what happen he tell me that is nothing, let it ride so I left it like that,” the associate said.
The source then said that two days before the murder, a group of young men who were standing on a nearby bridge threatened to kill Melville “if he didn’t move out of Mocha”. He added that this was a constant behavior by the group to Melville who would usually “laugh it off”.
After Melville’s body was discovered, the man said that a number of items, including the dead man’s phone and other belongings were missing. He added that when he called Melville’s cell phone number a man answered.
“Well Mocha is a not a small place so I would have recognize the voice but this particular voice I didn’t know at all. I called back a few times and the call was answer but with no sound”, the man said.
When asked about possible eyewitnesses that might have seen what occurred, the source said, “I want to believe that they got people right here at the ‘backdam’ who know or hear what happen but everybody gon frighten to talk”.
A resident, Jean Crossman, told this newspaper that Melville was remembered as a person who would always be willing to assist others in need.
“When they tell me this boy dead I feel like if it was me own child that died. People no longer got any consideration for human being in this life anymore. I just want tell those who do it to surrender because the Father gon deal with them”, Crossman said.
When this publication paid a visit to the area residents said that they knew nothing about the murder until the body was seen in the clump of bushes.
Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told Kaieteur News that three men were held in connection with the murder a few days after the discovery but were released after investigators were unable to provide enough evidence to charge them.
The police have said that since the arrest of the men no other persons have been questioned.
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