Mom declares son's death after hearing explosions

BY RACQUEL PORTER
Observer staff reporter
porterr@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, May 02, 2019

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THE mother of a young man who was killed shortly after leaving their Benbow Street, Kingston, home recently said when she heard explosions sounding like gunshots that night, she knew he was dead.

Nadia Kelly said her son left home in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after receiving a text message.

The mother of five, who was standing on a road in her community , told the Jamaica Observer that when the explosions subsided she told her 13-year-old daughter that her brother, 24-year-old Akeem Hyde, had died.

She later received confirmation that he had, in fact, died.

“To the time him come out and mi hear the shot dem, is like whoever text him, him go meet dem. Mi born and grow round here, so mi know what round here is capable of. Anything can happen at any time,” Kelly, who has been living in the community for more than 40 years said.

Kelly further explained that Hyde, her only son, was inside their house listening to music at approximately 2:00 am when he was summoned.

“I told him to stop disturb me. Him say, 'Hear dem tune yah'. Mi say, 'A mi bed mi a go'. Same time him get a text and him take up his charger and came out,” the mother recounted, adding that she heard the explosions about 2:35 am.

She said it was not unusual for Hyde to be on the road at that time, because, as an employee of 100 Hope Road, he would usually be arriving home at that time of night.

“Nobody and him nuh have nothing. Same place him par. Him normally watch football match and hang out. Mi nuh think somebody ago come and hurt him; it have to be somebody him know,” she said, adding “All now mi cyaah bawl.

“Mi and him have a good relationship. Mi feel it. I was not expecting something like this,” Kelly continued.

When the Observer visited the restaurant on Tuesday afternoon, manager Dwayne White said Hyde has been working at the eatery as a steward for seven months.

According to White, who got wind of the tragedy Tuesday morning while at work, Hyde was a vibrant and willing employee.

“It is shocking. He's well known in the kitchen. It is very heartbreaking,” White said.

According to the constabulary's Corporate Communications Unit, Hyde, otherwise called Tanto Blacks, was shot by unknown assailants about 2:35 am. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators in the Kingston Western Police Division are probing the matter.


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