Bullet-riddled bodies of two men found
One wore bulletproof vest
Stabroek News
April 1, 2003

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The bullet-riddled bodies of two men, one wearing a bulletproof vest, were discovered within hours of each other yesterday morning behind the Botanical Gardens and in the Eastville Housing Scheme at Annandale, East Coast Demerara.

The victim discovered behind Eastville was last evening identified as Winston Burrowes of West Ruimveldt.

According to a police release the first body was discovered at around 6:25 am in the D’Urban Backlands area and bore multiple gunshot wounds, while the second was found at around 10 am at Eastville and had three gunshot wounds to the back of the head.

The first body which the police release described as being that of a man in his 20’s, was clad in a yellow and blue jersey, blue three-quarter pants and a pair of Adidas boots.

The body was badly disfigured from the amount of bullets, said to number over twenty. It was found lying in the abandoned section of the Botanical Gardens used to deposit waste. His eyes had been shot out.

Burrowes, 28, was outfitted in a yellow jersey with the markings “Polo Sport” and blue jeans along with the bulletproof vest. He was said to have a Nike-sign gold cap on one of his front teeth and had no footwear. Police were also said to have recovered two empty 9 mm shells and one 9 mm discharged bullet.

Burrowes’ sister Raydon expressed shock at his demise last evening. She said that Burrowes, who was not employed, had no criminal record nor had he been threatened. She told Stabroek News that he left home at around 2.30 pm on Sunday for South Ruimveldt after receiving a telephone call. He was supposed to have to gone to a pool party later at the Ocean View Hotel but friends later reported that he had not turned up. Yesterday the family checked with the police and positively identified the body in the afternoon. His sister said there was evidence of a bullet wound to the jaw and burns on his wrists. Burrowes had returned to Guyana several months ago from Barbados,

Stabroek News understands that the body of the Eastville victim was discovered on a dam bordering a canal and a canefield and appeared to have been dumped there.

The victim was found lying next to a tree. According to the police release the body bore marks of violence to the right cheek and shoulder. Residents in the Eastville community were yesterday silent about the discovery.

They bemoaned the fact that their community was being infiltrated by vicious elements who they said threatened their very existence if they appeared to be informers.

These latest shootings come shortly after a couple of recent incidents in which persons were discovered dead.

One such victim was discovered two Sundays ago along the road leading to the University of Guyana and still has not been identified.

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