Plumes of smoke from burning tires were seen last night at the entrance of Santa Familia Village, Cayo District. The blazing fire was the work of the villagers who took their anger and rage out by cutting down trees in the area to add to the already high flames. It was like tragic poetry as the Police officers allowed the villagers to express their outrage; the fire being somewhat of a symbol to the hurt and pain they were feeling from the killing of one of their own, Jesse Escobar. Fortunately, no one was injured and by mid-morning the next day the top brass of the Police Department was in the village where he met with the Escobar family and the rest of the community. Reporter Vejea Alvarez has the story.
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Noreen Escobar is living an mother’s worst nightmare. She is the mother of 29-year-old Jesse Escobar, the BDF soldier who was killed with one bullet to the chest on Sunday night. The irony is not lost that Escobar was shot by one of his very own colleagues within the force. It is a tragedy that will forever be etched in the mind of the soldier’s 57-year-old mom.
Noreen Escobar, Mother of Jessie Escobar: “He was a BDF and a next BDF shot him. How you see that ? I will never ever forget that what they did my son. And the worst thing I feel because they killed my son in front of my little baby, that hurt me a lot. Now my little baby when she sees a police or a BDF she starts to cry because she says ‘I am afraid of that. because if you ask her ‘Where is your daddy?’ she says ‘The BDF killed my pa.'”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: Police Commissioner Chester Williams was on the ground in Santa Familia Village saying he owed the mother and wife an explanation.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “We are compiling the file along with the video footage that we had received and those will go to the Office of the DPP this morning for determination on the matter. I emphasize the point that from what we saw in the video it is an unjustified shooting. There is nothing that we can do or say to try and justify that and any right thinking person would come to that conclusion. So we’ll do our part and I understand what the people of the village are calling for, they want justice and as law enforcement the principal law enforcement agency in this country it is our duty to properly investigate to make sure that the people get what they are seeking.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: And while the Police Commissioner hoped that his visit to this mourning village would somehow tame the flames of outrage and anger what he in fact did was give hope to the soldier’s mother. For now that hope is what she holds on to.
Noreen Escobar, Mother of Jessie Escobar: “Right now I feel satisfied that he says he will make justice because that is what I want and he promised me that and with that I feel good.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: The question tonight however is whether or not the Police Commissioner would be able to fulfill his promise in getting justice in the death of Jesse Escobar.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I’m not going to preempt the DPP’s decision. Once a person claims self defense the police cannot proceed with charges until after having consulted with the DPP so we have to comply with the law before we proceed with the matter.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: The Police Commissioner left the village just after ten o’clock with a promise to deliver justice. The only trouble is that for the victim’s mother justice is equivalent to a murder charge.
Noreen Escobar, Mother of Jessie Escobar: “He said that he will make justice and that makes me feel better. That’s all.”
Vejea Alvarez, Love FM News: But it’s ultimately left to the DPP ma’am. How will it feel if you guys see that the shooter does not get charged for murder ?
Noreen Escobar, Mother of Jessie Escobar: “Well that will be a next thing. That’s all. He promised justice okay ? And if they don’t make justice well then I don’t know God will make justice. I already told Mr.Chester I want murder because that is a murder. Everybody saw it.”