Wife bemoans murder of 'wrong man'
Stabroek News
January 7, 2004

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"My husband never sold drugs. He didn't drink. He didn't even smoke," Jean Bacchus said yesterday from her house where relatives gathered to mourn the murder of Shafeek Bacchus.

The cattle farmer of Lot 76 Princes Street, Lodge, died outside his home following a drive-by shooting on Monday evening.

However, Bacchus is not believed to have been the intended target of the execution, apparently by the gunmen's own admission. They were heard squabbling among themselves after the shooting, openly admitting that they had hit the wrong man.

"Wrong man! Wrong man!" they reportedly shouted as they drove off. Police were given the names of suspects who may have been involved in the shooting but no arrest has been made.

Bacchus, a father of two, is believed to have sustained nearly ten gunshots to the upper body, including wounds to his face, neck and shoulders.

A post-mortem is expected to be performed on him today.

The way in which Bacchus was murdered is characteristic of many other killings that occurred last year when Guyana was still in the midst of the biggest crime wave in recent history.