A manhunt has begun for four men who were involved in an indiscriminate shootout at Laing Avenue last week, which resulted in the death of 53-year-old Dexter McFarlane who was hit by a stray bullet.

A source close to the investigation revealed to the Guyana Standard that the four men are known to the police. It was further revealed that investigators have taken statements from eyewitnesses in an effort to bring those culpable to justice.

Meanwhile, McFarlane’s family is still distraught by the senseless killing. The family told the media that on the day of the incident, McFarlane was on his way home from work. His mother, Clarence Stevens said the pain of losing her son is unbearable.

“I am praying to God for strength. I am praying that God gives me this strength to carry on because only six months ago I buried my daughter and now my son… I got to bury again,” the woman lamented.

The woman explained that her son died innocently by the hands of reckless men. She called on the police to do whatever they can to bring justice to her family.

“It’s only the favor of God keeping me because it’s hard. But I know I have to get justice for my son because he didn’t deserve this. He was coming home from a hard day’s work. He didn’t deserve the death he got,” Stevens said.

She continued, “We need more policemen because these young men are so slick, and I feel that there aren’t enough police to take care of certain business. I know the police are trying but we need more.”

The woman further reiterated that constant police presence in the area could see a reduction of crime. She believes that her son’s death could be used to put a stop to the reckless behavior of youths in the area.

“I don’t know what it is for these people to behave in this manner. I don’t know if it’s lack of education, or what, but I do know these young people do nothing. And it’s so bad that some parents can’t talk to them,” Stevens said.

McFarlane, a construction worker, was fatally shot last Friday at about 17:00 hrs at Laing Avenue, West Ruimveldt, Georgetown.


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