Two arrested over stabbing death of Covent Garden student

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Police “A” Division Commander, Marlon Chapman has confirmed that at last two persons were taken into police custody over the fatal stabbing of the 16-year-old Covent Garden student last Saturday evening. 

DEAD: Brian Yearwood

Brian Charles Yearwood of lot 69 Public Road, Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) was stabbed to death last Saturday night in the compound of the Covent Garden Nursery School where a concert was being held. 

According to reports, the teen was stabbed to his chest by a 17-year-old resident of Kaneville, EBD at some time around 20:00h on the night in question.

According to police reports, a police officer who was present at the concert with a relative responded immediately, and with the assistance of other persons, rushed the victim to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival (DoA).

When INews visited Yearwood’s home, his grieving mother, Beverley Yearwood related that she had dropped her son off at the school around 17:00h on Saturday and was made aware of his tragic death when his friend informed her around midnight.  

She said family members immediately went to the hospital, where she saw her son’s motionless body lying on a stretcher.

The distraught mother explained that, up to Saturday evening, family members were not sure what had transpired at the school to cause her son’s death; but on Sunday morning, a few of Brian’s friends came over and related to her what had happened.

The woman related she was told that her son was sitting on a bench with a few of his friends, and another group of boys sitting opposite, started teasing them. She said the boys sitting on the bench with Brian subsequently got up and moved away, but Brian remained there. Seeing Brian alone, the other group of boys went over to his bench and continued to taunt him.

The woman said that she was not told exactly what happened after that – whether or not her son had retaliated and angered the group — but they began pelting him with bottles, and so he escaped.

“He got away from them and ran up to the guard hut. There were some teachers standing there, so he ran and he stopped in front of the teachers. Maybe he was thinking that he was safe; but, in the presence of the teachers, those boys just run up, and one of them stabbed him. He plunged the knife into my son’s heart and pulled it out. Brian then run from there and he fall down at the fence,” the grieving mother related to this online publication.

The 16-year-old was described by his family as an easy-going and jovial individual. He leaves to mourn his parents and five siblings, along with other relatives and friends. (Ramona Luthi)

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