Police Investigate Electrocution Incident in West Lake Community

Police Investigate Electrocution Incident in West Lake Community

Police are investigating an apparent case of electrocution in the West Lake community over the weekend. Twenty-four-year-old, Terrell Matura, was repairing outlets in the home of forty-six-year-old, Darlene Williams when the incident occurred. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hilberto Romero says that no one saw exactly what happened to Matura.

ACP Hilberto Romero, Officer Commanding Eastern Division: “On Saturday the 27th day of January police visited 8 Miles where information was received that a male person had been electrocuted. A complainant there that she had hired Terrel Matura, 23 years, to do some electrical work and he went up into the ceiling to do repairs. Shortly thereafter she heard a scream and then she did not hear any other sound. She then climbed up the ladder to check on him and saw him gasping for air and unable to move. Assistance was sought and he was taken to the KHMH for treatment but he passed away shortly thereafter.”

In her report to police, Williams said that she had told Matura to let her turn off the power, but he said it was unnecessary. Williams says Matura told her the connection was low-voltage and would only give him a pinch. Matura’s grandmother, Erlene Baptist, was skeptical of Williams’s account and says that the family is awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination to get some answers. 

Erlene Baptist, Grandmother, Terrel Matura: “We are still waiting on the post mortem because you keep hearing all kinds of stories. You hear it’s a 110, you hear it’s a 220 so honestly none of us know what happened. It’s only God can testify what happened or he can say you know ? Nobody knows. We’re just hearing it and hearing it. The mom went to the police station this afternoon to get you know some report that something my daughter told me also. Dead man carry not tale so she can say anything but dead man carry no tale so we don’t know what occurred you know ? So we’re just listening to just rumors all over the place. Just rumors all over the place, she can say anything he is dead now you know ? So we can’t say that was so or she told him anything as I said a 110 he doesn’t even have a burn on him you know because the sister told my next daughter that there is no burn on him. It could be probably a shock to his heart, that has to be something heavier than that and people I talk to that know about those things said that that is not a 110 it has to be something heavier.”

Baptist says that Matura’s death has hit their family hard, and she will always remember him as a quiet and kind person.

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