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NALINEE SEELAL Thursday, April 20 2017

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TRAGEDY has befallen a Claxton Bay family after a 15-year-old schoolboy accidentally hanged himself while playing from a rope swing attached to the branch of a tree at the back of his grandmother’s home on Tuesday afternoon.

The victim’s 67-year-old grandmother Marilyn Davis almost collapsed on seeing the body of her grandson Luke Rolle hanging from the tree at 12.15 pm. Minutes before, she saw her grandson screaming in delight as he swung on the rope. According to police, Rolle of No. 4 Circular Drive, Mt Pleasant Road in Claxton Bay was spending the long Easter weekend at the home of his grandmother.

He was supposed to return to his Claxton Bay home on Tuesday afternoon but instead when he was found, he was cut down and rushed to San Fernando General Hospital where Rolle died while receiving treatment. An autopsy was done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Relatives said the schoolboy did not commit suicide but in a freak accident, his neck became entangled in the rope resulting in his death. They added that Rolle was a brilliant student and there were no domestic issues to warrant him taking his own life.

“This is a horrible tragedy which has befallen our family and we never expected this. We will like to let everyone know that Luke would never commit suicide,” said a cousin identified only as Vanessa. She said Rolle’s mother and grandmother were badly affected by his death.

Grandmother Davis said that a year ago, relatives tied the rope around a branch of a samaan tree at the back of her home and her grandson and his cousins used that rope to swing while playing.

She said that on Tuesday, Rolle and two cousins aged ten and were swinging from the rope when the cousins left Rolle to go to a nearby parlour to purchase snacks.

Davis said Rolle’s mother Elizabeth called asking that her son prepare himself to return home.

As she went to the back of the house to give Rolle the message, she found him hanging.

Davis said that her daughter Elizabeth was inconsolable as she is a very protective mother and was looking forward to her son’s return on Tuesday. At Davis’ house yesterday scores of relatives, teachers and friends of the schoolboy gathered to support the family.

Davis said her grandson’s ambition wanted to be a doctor and was extremely committed to his goal.

“You could call that child ten times and he would respond everytime, ‘yes grandma’, and carry out whatever task you assigned him.

“This is too much to bear, I don’t know how to cope with this and I don’t know why this had to happened to my grandson,” Davis said. “I just want to clear the air for all who have dirty thoughts, Luke did not commit suicide. He did not have any reason to, he was a sweet, obedient child.” The funeral for the Marabella North Secondary school student will take place tomorrow at the house of mourning. Police sources said yesterday that because the autopsy showed cause of death to be inconclusive, they will conduct an in-depth investigation, but at this time, no foul play is suspected.



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