Disbelief! - Hanover man allegedly kills wife, self, as their relationship soured
BUSH LANDS, Hanover — Bewildered residents of this rustic community are still in a state of shock and disbelief, following Sunday's bizarre incident that has left a couple dead, a house burnt to the down, and hundreds in mourning, stemming from what many believe is the souring of their 11-year relationship.
Dead are 36-year- old fisherman Ricardo Hylton, and his wife, 27-year-old shopkeeper Leonora Eldemire-Hylton, both of Bush Lands, Hanover.
Their charred remains were removed from the rubble of their two- bedroom house, just two days after their first wedding anniversary.
Area residents contend that Hylton torched the house, then committed suicide inside the dwelling, after killing his wife, who had decided to bring their 11- year relationship to an end.
Joycelyn Black- Hilton, a distressed mother of the fisherman, told the Jamaica Observer West that hours before the awful tragedy, her son informed her of his intention to commit suicide, pointing out that his wife had decided to sever the union, which produced a nine- year- old daughter.
"Sunday afternoon after I left church I came round here and saw him and he said he was going to kill himself. I asked him why and him say Mama she say she finish with me and me love her too much, me can't lose her," said a teary-eyed Black- Hilton.
"Me say don't think that, lots of woman are around. If she say she finish with you, is you wife already and you love her, but give her some time."
Black-Hylton said, however, that during her visit to the house, there was no sign of any differences between the couple.
"Now me don't know if them start to fight, but me never hear them a argue before me leave," she added.
An anguished Black- Hylton stressed that she was told by her son that his wife was averse to salvaging the relationship.
"Him (son) tell me say him call the pastor who married them and the pastor say him couldn't come on Sunday, but he would come the following day. He wanted him to come and counsel her. Him have a Caucasian friend in America and him call him to come talk to her and she say she doesn't want him to come talk to her. She say she don't want no counseling," the grief-stricken mother claimed.
She said shortly after she returned to her house in another section of the community, she received the shocking news that the two were killed in the house that was consumed by fire, allegedly set by her son.
The incident occurred after the couple's daughter was sent on an errand by her mother.
Christal Johnson, a neighbour, who lives just across the road from the young couple, with whom she enjoyed a good relationship, described the two as a loving couple who were "very private."
She expressed shock over the incident.
"It's hard. I have been living around here for over nine years and I have never seen them fight or hear them quarrel.
She got pregnant from she was 16, so a no yah so them a come from. They were a nice friendly couple," she asserted.
"It (the incident) shake- up everybody. A lot of people have been crying," she told the Observer West.
Meanwhile, personnel from the Negril Fire Department reported that they were summoned to the fire about 3:30 pm on Sunday. However, when they got to the scene, the five- apartment board structure was already fully engulfed in flames.
One unit from the Negril Fire Station along with another from Lucea assisted in the cooling down operations.
Siblings of the multi-skilled Hylton, described him as a very helpful and supportive family member.
"Ricky (Hylton) a me help and strength, everything. Him build me house," Merle, a sister of the deceased said.
"Ricky have every tool, him tile, him do everything."
Peaches expressed similar sentiments.
" Me live a Little London (Westmoreland) and him come down there and help build me house," the family member said.
"People always say him a the kindest fisherman. Only him alone you can get fish from free.
Additional reporting by Anthony Lewis