Relatives of Saint Lucia’s latest murder victim have told St Lucia Times that Antonia Mc Vane was an innocent victim of a drive by shooting.
The relatives asserted that the deceased was killed because of someone he was close to.
Mc Vane,16, was gunned down in Bagatelle, Castries, where he lived in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Stray bullets hit a parked vehicle.
The sister of the slain teenager, Kurline, told St Lucia Times she was surprised that Mc Vane was killed.
“I love him despite all his troublsomeness,” she said
The sister had a message for the person or persons responsible for Mc Vane’s death.
“I think they should stop taking innocent lives, really because look – I lose my little brother,” she told St Lucia Times.
Antonia Smith, the mother of the deceased, said she heard that her son was killed in a drive-by shooting.
“The person they wanted was close to him and is he they shoot,” an emotional Smith stated.
“He didn’t deserve it, because my child was a loving boy – he working hard. At the age of sixteen. I just want my son back,” she declared.
She expressed the hope that the shooter would have difficulty sleeping.
“All I want the police and them to do is to get that person so that I can watch them face to face in their eye – to see they take an innocent child life like that. He didn’t deserve that at all,” Smith said, while struggling to maintain composure.
She told St Lucia Times that the deceased was ‘ a little troublesome’.
“But apart from that, anybody would ask him to do anything, he would do it,” Smith observed.
“Right now, it not easy for me – as a mother it not easy for me. All I want is my son back,” she cried.
She said Mc Vane was in no trouble with anyone.
Smith said she last saw the deceased on Friday night.
She disclosed that the death was a major blow to the family.
She said Mc Vane was employed by a local security company washing vehicles.
“Just for him to be out of trouble I got a job for him,” she explained.
Zana, a resident of the Bagatelle community where Saturday’s fatal shooting occurred, told St Lucia Times that the entire neighbourhood was hurting because an innocent life had been cut short.
“It could have been my children, because I am a mother also – and I can tell you, it is hurting us,” she said.
She said the mother of the deceased is pregnant.
“We are there with her as a family,” Zana stated.
“Stop it. If you after somebody, go after somebody. You don’t take innocent lives. It could have been me,” the Bagatelle resident declared.