Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) workers made a gruesome discovery yesterday morning, when they stumbled upon the bullet-riddled body of 21-year-old Jean-Pierre Jack lying face-down in Bagatelle River, Diego Martin.
Shortly after midnight, residents of Savannah Trace #2, Bagatelle, reported hearing several loud explosions.
However, no one ventured outside to determine the cause of the noise and they saw nothing during preliminary checks of their surroundings a few hours later, as they made their way to work.
Around 9.14 a.m., CEPEP employees were working alongside the river, when they noticed the body of a man in the shallow waters.
When they approached to see if they could render assistance, they realised the body had bullet wounds to the head and chest.
The police were notified and a party of officers from the Western Division and Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including ASP Patterson, Inspector Thomas and Sgt Vincent, visited the scene.
Jack, police said, was known to them, as he had matters before the courts.
When the Express visited the scene, Jack’s relatives had gathered to look on as crime scene investigators searched the area near the body.
Jack’s aunt, Cherie-Ann Zamore, said Jack was a loving person who had fallen into the wrong crowd and made wrong choices in his life.
“He wasn’t perfect. It had several choices he made in his life which was wrong. He spent about three years in the Youth Training Centre because of such choices. But he was trying to turn his life around.
“He asked for forgiveness and was working to pay back everyone he had wronged,” she said.
“Because of that, he used to say he was the prodigal son and he had nothing. We tried with him, we did. His father brought him by me for school, and he (Jack’s father) died a little while after that, so we took care of him as best we could.
“But he fell in with the wrong crowd and made some bad choices, and here we are now,” Zamore added.
Investigations are continuing.
Jack’s death takes the murder toll for the year to date to 117.