Fight between friends over money ends deadly

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A fight between two young friends on Sunday ended in the death of one when the other whipped out a knife and an ice pick and stabbed him twice to his chest.

Dead is Mervin Squires, 21, of Kaneville, East Bank Demerara.

Reports are that a group of men were gambling at 3rd Street Grove, EBD at about 11:30h when the deceased and one of the young men had an argument over money. This turned into an altercation that led to the stabbing.

Squires reportedly died while being taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.

When INews visited the area, a passerby related that he had noticed the scuffle from a far distance; but when he arrived closer, he realised that Squires had been stabbed.

At the Diamond Hospital, Squires’ inconsolable family members gathered to get a glimpse of his body, which was lying on a stretcher. Hospital officials confirmed that he was stabbed once to his chest and once to his left side rib cage.

His mother, Molika Fernandes, a teacher, told INews that she was at church when she received the tragic news. She explained that her son and the suspect had been friends, and usually sat at the corner and chatted on a regular basis.

“They were good friends. They would usually hang out and lime and so on the corner. They would be there gaffing and so on,” she said.

The distraught woman added that Sunday morning was no different, as they were at the said corner. However, she was told that the duo had an altercation over G$500, and a fight ensued.

“He got two stab wounds. The guy stabbed him once with the ice pick and once with the knife. I’m still shocked and in disbelief,” she stated.

Squires leaves to mourn his parents, with whom he resided, and two sisters. The suspect has been arrested and is in Police custody assisting with investigations.