Family members are up in arms over the brutal murder of 17-year-old Haresh Singh, whose body was on Wednesday morning found in the backdam at Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB).
Singh is a relative of one of the suspects in custody in relation to the murders of 19-year-old Joel and 16-year-old Isaiah Henry.
“He was innocent,” his sister, Lilawatie Singh told INews. “We are sad and angry and we want justice.”
Singh had left his home at Number Three Village at around 08:30hrs, in the company of his uncles, to go the backdam to work. However, he returned home shortly after by himself, to take some water to the estate.
It was on his way back to the farm that he was murdered. Singh was riding a motorcycle at the time of the attack.
According to the Guyana Police Force, Singh’s body was discovered in the backdam while the motorbike was burnt.
Lilawatie explained that the family managed to discover the lifeless body of the young man upon seeing smoke arising from the backdam.
“When my next brother was carrying out the cows, he come back and say ‘grandma, I not going to the backdam’, cause he see nuff man on the dam,” the sister explained.
“So when he see the men, he turn back. And then fire blaze up, that was when the motorbike catch afire. When he talk that, we suspect that my brother was on the motorbike.”
Upon investigating, they discovered the motionless body of the teenager and the torched motorbike.
Singh was bleeding through his nose and had wounds to his head, ears, neck, and hands. According to the family, there was also an ‘x’ on his neck.
The police were contacted and the young man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the men, who were earlier observed at the backdam, had already disappeared. The family was unable to recognise the perpetrators.
Lilawatie contended that her brother did not deserve to die, especially in that manner. She described her brother as a hardworking person who had dreams of starting his own family one day.
The sister noted that her younger brother had intentions of having a simple life, where he would “plant his farm and he gon wuk and he gon mine he wife”.
Additionally, according to the sister, Singh had no issues with anyone in the community.
“My grandmother don’t allow him to go out on the road late with friends…he never had problems in the area. He was a good and loving [person]…he never trouble anyone. He was very good,” the sister expressed.
Singh was a student of the Number 11 Secondary School in West Berbice.
He lived with his grandparents and siblings. His father passed away in 2018 and his mother has disappeared for some ten years now.