Popular ‘Back Circle’ footballer, Dexter Griffith, was gunned down around 20.00 hrs yesterday near his East Ruimveldt home, becoming the most recent victim of a rash of execution-style killings that have hit the community.
Griffith, 36, was shot at least nine times, allegedly by two gunmen who were reportedly seen in the area earlier in the day.
Kaieteur News understands that Griffith was hanging out with friends near an alleyway when the gunmen shot him at close range, sending his body tumbling into a drain. He died almost immediately.
His mother, Lavern Griffith, said that she was in her Lot 465 Back Circle yard, East Ruimveldt, when she heard a volley of gunshots. Her mind flashed to her son whom she knew was in the vicinity from where the gunshots came.
Her immediate reaction was to send her daughter in-law, Alexis, to go see who the victim might be.
“I see a set of people running to the alley and I tell she go and see where Dexter deh. She run back hollering and hollering is Dexter get shot.”
In disbelief, Mrs. Griffith ran to the alleyway where she saw her son lying in a drain with numerous gunshot wounds. He was already dead, according to persons who were on the scene at the time. But his demise was confirmed when she rushed him to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
“Around this area is bare gunshots every day. I need it to stop,” the distraught mother said.
At the scene, one man could be heard shouting: “This is not no big show thing …today for you tomorrow for me; people got to fall. This thing (the killings) is like a clock that just keep ticking.”
Mrs. Griffith said that as far as she is aware her son was employed as a mason. She was adamant that he was not in any gang.
The dead man’s mother admitted that Griffith was once in a small problem for ‘a joint’ and he was passed through the court but, according to her, he was not a problem child.
“He ain’t got no problem with nobody. He is not a thief and he is not anything bad. He is a honest hard working boy who does kick football almost every day. None of me children don’t got no problems with no body,” she said.
Dexter Griffith fathered two children; Akeela and Darrel age five and two years, respectively. His reputed wife described him as a very devoted father.
While the motive for the killing is unclear, Griffith’s mother revealed “dem de burn down he house in Greenheart Street, South Ruimveldt,” some time back.
The home of Griffith’s in laws is a stone’s throw from where Kellon Hinds, 23, was gunned down last August.
Hinds was executed as was Sherwyne Barrow, 24, who was gunned down outside a small shop in “Warlock”, East Ruimveldt, last May.
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