The life of a 20-year-old male commercial sex worker was cut short Tuesday night after a scuffle with a client ended with a fatal shot to his chest.
Nephi Noel “Luthers” of D’Urban Street, Georgetown, was out doing his line of work when two men in a red CR-V enquired about his whereabouts at the corner of Quamina and Carmichael Streets. The enquiry eventually led to an argument between Noel and the men. That resulted in the sex worker’s death after a shot was fired in the vicinity.
Speaking to some of Noel’s colleagues, Kaieteur News understands that one of the men is a prominent city businessman, who was a “regular” in the area. The second, according to witnesses, was an accomplice of the businessman who some believe, was brought to the street to assault Noel.
According to reports, the businessman had solicited the services of Noel, a transgender worker, earlier that Tuesday evening. However, Noel’s “client” was not satisfied with the services provided by the transgender and so revisited the Carmichael Street location, once again soliciting the services of another sex worker.
The client had requested that the new worker perform oral sex for $5000. Further, it was related that he specifically requested the worker not be transgender as he accused Noel of trying to “rob” him.
However, upon realising that his second pick up was in fact transgender, the businessman again dropped off the person, after which an argument ensued as the two “had it out on the road”.
The argument escalated to a point where the businessman, shouting that the person who robbed him was in the vicinity, grabbed the transgender.
At this point, two others who were around the corner from the argument rushed to rescue the transgender from the businessman’s assault. It was during this scuffle that Noel returned to the location, and attracted the attention of the businessman who shouted, “This is the one that rob me!”
Noel responded to the businessman’s accusation with “I rob you? I rob you?” and proceeded to hand over his cell phone to a nearby colleague, instructing them to record the confrontation.
As agitated as the businessman appeared, witnesses say that he “did not do anything as yet” choosing instead to return to his vehicle and drive off.
Later that night, as Noel was back on Quamina and Carmichael Streets, the businessman returned, this time with another man known as “Black Assassin”.
It was at this point that Noel and the businessman resumed their argument where accusations of thievery were once again thrown at the transgender.
Suddenly, according to one witness, a gunshot was fired and someone shouted, “Murder! Murder,” from the dark city street. The businessman and his accomplice ran to a red CR-V and drove off.
Rushing to the scene other commercial sex workers related that Noel was lying on the ground, breathing heavily and bleeding profusely. It became apparent that he sustained a bullet wound to the chest.
Not long after, the police officers arrived on the scene and assisted in transporting Noel to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
Noel was described as a caring and friendly individual, which is why the news of his death surprised many of his relatives, friends and colleagues.
“He wasn’t a person to be in any bribe or underhanded business,” related a colleague, who said Noel had only been in commercial sex work for about eight or nine months.
Another friend described the 20-year-old as helpful, sociable and didn’t allow his sexual orientation to make others feel uncomfortable. However, the friend did share that Noel complained of instances whereby men would refuse to pay him for the services he performed.
Despite his friendly disposition Noel’s mother, Joy Noel, said she always warned her son about his line of work. “I used to tell him that out there it’s every man for himself, despite you feel they looking out for you,” said an emotional Joy.
She said that she had tried her best to get her son into the Carnegie School of Home Economics, as he proved himself to be a talented cook.
She last saw her son Tuesday evening. She said that she can’t explain the feeling she has knowing that she won’t see him again.
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