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Grief and Pain

Wakefield, Dumfries families mourn brutal killing of loved ones

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, May 01, 2014    

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WAKEFIELD, Trelawny - LAST week's murder of bread salesman Terrence Weston was the latest in a series of tragic incidents that have plagued the Wakefield, Trelawny, family over the last five years.

Weston, 49, and his colleague salesman, Ralston McLaughlin, 69, of Dumfries, St James, were shot dead while making deliveries in Copse, Hanover.

Police said that about 8:15 am on Saturday the usually quiet morning was disturbed by the echoes of gunshots in the vicinity where the two men were selling bread.

Upon their arrival, they found the two bullet-riddled bodies in a bushy, isolated section of the community. Weston was found lying outside the Toyota Hiace panel van in which they were travelling, while McLaughlin was slumped over the steering wheel.

The investigators suspect that robbery was the motive for the killings. A cellular phone and wallets belonging to the men were reportedly taken from them.

On Tuesday, Carlyle Appleton, a distressed brother of Weston, narrated the seemingly endless, stressful period that has beleaguered his family since the death of his niece, five years ago.

The grieving Appleton said he has been suffering from a lingering headache for the past three weeks since his sister was hospitalised for treatment of severe injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle accident in the United States where she lives.

He disclosed that all efforts are now being made to block information of his brother's death from his injured sister, who is scheduled to undergo a surgery later this week, after spending over a week in intensive care.

"Right now my brother die and we can't break the news to our sister. If we were to do that, we would have to wait until she do the surgery this week. Then, based upon her recovery we have to have a doctor in her presence before telling her," Appleton explained, during a visit to his Wakefield residence in Trelawny, on Tuesday.

With a blank stare registered on his face, Appleton recounted that five years ago his sister was also hospitalised after one of her blood vessels burst in the aftermath of the gruesome discovery of the bullet- riddled body of herdaughter in a car trunk in the United States.

"My sister had a blood vessel burst in her head five years ago when after the bullet-riddled body of her daughter was found in a

car trunk in America," he recalled.

"The good part about it is that the perpetrator fled to Jamaica and was picked up in Spanish Town by federal agents."

He disclosed that from that time, his mother's health started on a downward spiral.

"From those days my mother start breakdown because her granddaughter died from gunshots in the US and her daughter blood vessel burst, so we have been having it," said an obviously distraught Appleton.

But the stress for the family did not end there, as another of Appleton's nieces died after she was diagnosed with "a rare cancer of the thyroid gland". This, he said, has caused his mother's health to decline even further.

"As we bury our niece my mother got worse. Two days after the funeral she went into the hospital where she was admitted in a coma for about a week," Appleton said.

He said his mother later had to undergo an expensive dialysis treatment twice weekly.

She died last December.

And as the stress mounted on the family, another brother, Keith Bryan, recently got a stroke and was hospitalised. He is said to be slowly returning to normal.

Appleton in the meantime described Weston as a very reserved individual who was an avid sport enthusiast.

Meanwhile, when the Observer West visited McLaughlin's residence in Dumfries, in the neighbouring parish of St James, the slain bread vendor's widow, Joyce, was a picture of grief.

The distraught pensioner -- still in shock, expressed that she wanted her husband's killers dead.

"No man, me want them dead. Me can't forgive them and them just come take me husband so. No man, me can't forgive them...," the distressed widow told the Observer West.

She theorised that the killers may have set out to rob the two men, thinking they were in possession of huge sums of money. She pointed out, however, that they would not have any "portion of money," so early in the day.

She told our news team that she has been severely traumatised by the death of her husband.

"The pain I am feeling is even worse in the evenings at the time when the van would normally drive in. It is just tears, tears," she said, as her voice trailed off.

Meanwhile, as part of the police's probe into the incident, three persons, who were taken into custody on the weekend, are scheduled to be questioned in the presence of their attorneys later this week.

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