GRANNY, I WANT TO DIE
Stories by CAROL MATROO Sunday, April 13 2014
“Granny, I want to die”. These were the last words that Naim Dean spoke to his grandmother before he was shot to death yesterday around 7.30 pm.
She held his wheezing body, seeing that small spot of blood in his chest, unprepared for the explosion of flesh in his back as she turned him over.
Naim Dean was shot down in cold blood by police. This was the accusation made by his grandmother, an alderman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. The bereaved woman was overcome as she told of the shooting death of her 21-year-old grandson, who she said was like a son to her.
Dean was allegedly shot in the back by a police officer while trying to escape. It was reported that a vehicle he was travelling in was stopped by police when making a U-turn to exit La Horquette, Glencoe.
Dean had lived with his grandparents since he was a little child and to his grandfather Gabriel Simon, he was the light of their lives.
The grandmother described the incident that occurred before several onlookers.
“Naim left home and went in this black van with three white boys. When they were turning to leave, (the road is a dead end), a police car blocked them and they ordered all the boys out,” she said.
The woman said she was accustomed to seeing her grandson with the “white boys” and thought nothing of him going off with them. It was the last time she would see him alive.
“They take all four of them, search all of them...then they start to slap up Naim. Is about three slaps they give him and he start to run. They say he run on the river- bank, but Naim run through the river. Look at these slippers I wearing,” the grieving grandmother said, pointing to black woolen-padded slippers on her feet.
“I buy a pair for me and a pair for Naim because he find it so comfortable. Look they floating in the water, the police never look for them. That boy never run through any track, is from the bank that they shoot him through he back,” the grandmother charged.
She walked Sunday Newsday from the scene where the chase started to where it ended, through ravines and inclines to reveal the blood splattered rocks where her grandson allegedly lay gasping his last breath, where his body rested akimbo between two rocks, his lifeblood leaking out of him.
“He had nothing on him. The police said he had a knife and marijuana in his groin area. I hear on tape that (name called) asking the police officer, ‘so you stab yourself?’ And he replying, “‘Yes I do that’.”
Dean’s black slippers lay floating in the shallow river, his blood still staining the sand and stone.
Contacted for a comment on the incident, National Security Minister Gary Griffith declared that the ministry would not leak any information during investigations.
“This is an investigation that is undergoing and I cannot comment in any way,” he said.
However, a source told Sunday Newsday the other men who were in the car with Naim when they were stopped by the police have been released after being taken to the Four Roads Police Station. The men were said to be from Newbury Hill, Glencoe; Westmoorings and Valsayn.