The body of a 13-year-old boy was recovered from a trench at Stanleytown, West Bank Demerara (WBD) around 12:15 hrs
yesterday, minutes after he had reportedly taken a plunge.
The dead teen has been identified as Mark Anthony Burnette of 60 Church Street, Stanleytown, WBD.
According to information received, Burnette and one of his friends went to the trench, which is located about 60 metres from the teen’s home, to take a swim when the tragedy occurred.
Kaieteur News was told that Burnette plunged into the trench and parts of his body went through a truck tyre which had been in the muddy water, in a vertical position, for some time.
The trench is not deep and the top of the tyre could be seen in the water.
Many believe that the now dead teenager had tried to dive through the tire, but got stuck.
Burnette’s friend reportedly told investigative ranks that he was eating a piece of cane when the teenager plunged to his death.
“He (Burnette’s friend) said that when the boy plunged, he didn’t see him come up back, but he thought it was a joke. He said he waited a little and after he didn’t see his friend come up, he went and called out for people,” a police source said. It was then the teenager’s lifeless body was pulled out of the trench. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical official, and subsequently taken to the Ezekiel Funeral Parlour.
At the dead lad’s home yesterday, his sister, Roshanna Bowen, said that her mother, Ama Bowen, is in the interior working, and at the time of speaking with this publication, had not yet been contacted about her son’s demise.
She added that her nine siblings were left in her care since last month.
“My mother sent money yesterday and I went and collect it in town when I get a call from one of my sisters who tell me that Mark drowned.”
She added that when she left home early yesterday, her brother was at home and she had warned him about leaving the house.
“He does normally swim in the trench with his friends,” the teen’s sister said.
Another sibling, Rehanna Bowen, who is a student at the Felix Austin Police College, said that she received a telephone call from a neighbour who informed her about the tragedy.
“When my neighbour called, she was crying, so I hang up the phone, and then other people start calling me and tell me that my brother died.”
She added that she immediately left the college and went to the scene where her worst fears were confirmed.
Mark Anthony Burnette leaves to mourn his parents and nine siblings.
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