Dwayne Christopher Williams, a 10-year-old student of Paruima Primary School, was found hanging from a rope at his grandfather’s residence in Paruima village, Kamarang River at approximately 07:30hrs on Friday.
According to reports, Dwayne lived with his grandparents, Wendell Williams, 69, and 60-year-old Prudencia Williams and four uncles. Around 06:30hrs, Dwayne complained of slight belly pain and went back inside the house after speaking with his grandmother. His grandparents and uncles were in the kitchen, which was about 50 yards away from the house.
Approximately 35 minutes later, Prudencia asked her son, Arlendo, to call Dwayne for breakfast. When Arlendo went to look for Dwayne, he found him hanging from a rope on a hammock. Arlendo initially thought that Dwayne was joking but discovered that he was unresponsive and had saliva dripping from his mouth. He raised an alarm, and Prudencia and the medical team attempted CPR on Dwayne’s body, but to no avail.
Community health worker Verlina Conrado examined Dwayne’s body and pronounced him dead. Corporal 19697 Hastings also examined the body and observed blue and black marks around Dwayne’s neck, suspected to be caused by the rope, which was approximately seven inches long. No other marks of violence were found on Dwayne’s body. Investigations are ongoing.