Saint Lucian Marlon Orlando Hazlewood, 35, alias ‘Cockie’ has been shot dead in neighbouring Martinique.
Margaret Duncan, the mother of the deceased, explained that according to information she received, Hazlewood was in a party when he received a telephone call and went outside, apparently to hear the caller more clearly.
She said that her son was shot five times and succumbed to his injuries.
Duncan said she got the news of the death on Sunday morning
The mother told reporters that Hazlewood used to hang out here with persons she considered to be bad associates.
She recalled that after completing secondary school he went to Canada to study and after four years returned to Saint Lucia and started hanging out with some persons from Wilton’s Yard.
“At that time, being about eighteen, you choose your own friends – so he chose his friends that were liming in that place,” the mother said.
“Even if I would say to him :’I don’t like you going there’ – but at that time it was his choice, not mine, because he was at the age to make his own decisions.”
Duncan recalled that her son had been arrested here several times but was always released on the basis of insufficient evidence.
Nevertheless, she said her son was loved by many.
Duncan revealed that her son served time in prison in Martinique after being held with an undisclosed sum of money.
She said just two weeks ago, the deceased had informed her that he was planning to return to Saint Lucia.
The deceased had three children, including a son in Martinique, Duncan said.
She asserted in response to claims by some that the deceased was a criminal, that no one is perfect.
“I feel no way about that because people are people, you cannot stop people from thinking what they want,” Duncan declared.
She said the deceased is her son and she has nothing against him.
“While some are saying ‘Criminal’, they have people who are saying ‘Such a loving young man’,” Duncan explained, adding that “there is good and bad in all of us.”