Body of missing fisherman pulled from river

-appears to have sustained bullet wound 

The mother of 20-year-old Quincy Oliver Sooklall, whose body was pulled from the Demerara River and had visible marks of violence and what appears to be a gaping gunshot to his chest, believes her son was killed by his friends.

The fisherman’s body was found floating in the Demerara River on Saturday behind  Guyana Fisheries .

Quincy Oliver Sooklall
Quincy Oliver Sooklall

His mother Petronella Sooklall  said that the body was in a decomposing state and she was able to identify her only child  from his feet and clothing that he had been wearing. However on other parts of his body she said it appears that her son was severely beaten and thrown overboard possibly already dead or unconscious. “They beat my son if you see how he look…it has to be friends because I hearing some things and the names is people he used to move close with…he was shot because he had a big hole in his chest and right through his back, I don’t know what gun they use for that to happen because if you see this hole,” she said.

His common law wife, who is five months pregnant with Sooklall’s first child, recalled that she last saw him on Thursday night. She said that he would work on sea with various boats that moor behind the fisheries establishment.

The man’s mother, wife and friends who gathered at his Riverview residence yesterday all said that Sooklall did not have any grievances with anyone and was known for his fun-loving attitude.

They, too, believe that it was his friends who would have committed the gruesome act but could not come up with a reason as to their motive.

An autopsy will be performed today on Sooklall’s body.

His mother said that police have taken a statement from her and that they are awaiting the autopsy results to determine how to proceed with investigations. However in the interim she said that they told her that they  are treating the death as murder.

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