St. John’s Antigua- Relatives of Everet Camacho-Tittle are furious that since his shooting death at his Sand Haven apartment Thursday night, the police have not called in any of them to identify his body.
The 39-year-old deceased is a father of two, and is also known as “Sean” and “Freckles”. He was gunned down at about 7 pm and neighbours reported seeing a man in a dark hooded shirt, three quarter pants and Timberland boots running from the scene.
The dead man’s wife of seven years, Marsha Joseph-Tittle said she rushed to the scene after her mother informed her of the shooting. She said she was forced to stay behind police tapes as investigators combed the area for evidence.
“They said I could not see him at the time and they had attitude. I asked the police to see his face to make sure it was my husband and they refused. They just took up his body, put it in a bag and then in the (hearse),” the grieving widow said.
She said the police informed the family they would be contacted when it is time to do the autopsy.
“I had to stand and watch the body on the sand. He was in his shorts lying on his back but I never saw the face of the person,” Joseph-Tittle said.
The woman said she saw blood on the balcony and on the curtain inside her husband’s beach-front apartment and according to witness reports, the room was disturbed as though there was a struggle inside.
Roselyn “Mama Rosa” Smith, mother of the deceased, confirmed her daughter-in-laws’ statement and added that she too was denied the opportunity to see her son’s body before it was taken to Barnes Funeral Home.
“We are upset. I could not go close. I feel ashamed how we were treated. Up to now (late yesterday) none of us got to see him. They said we would get to see him in a couple of days after the autopsy. It made no sense we went there because we didn’t get to see him,” Smith said.
Two months ago the deceased moved out of his marital home in Point and took up residence at the Dickenson Bay apartment where he met his demise.
“We had a disagreement and he packed up his stuff and left. He came by Wednesday and asked to see our son but he was sleeping and he and he gave him a kiss and we spoke for a while,” Tittle reminisced.
The widow said she also spoke to her husband hours before he was killed and encouraged him to take his medication and admit himself to the Clarevue Psychiatric Hospital for treatment for schizophrenia.
She had hopes he would have done so by Monday.
“I still can’t believe this has happened. His neighbor said he heard the noise like cutlass banging against the apartment wall and he went to the door and saw a man running down the stairs from the apartment towards Rush Nightclub,” Tittle said.
Camacho-Tittle then reportedly emerged from the room bleeding from the neck and the neighbor tried to suppress the bleeding by wrapping a towel around his neck.
“They told me he was conscious, walking around for a while before he collapsed and died on the beach. The ambulance didn’t get there until about half an hour to 45 minutes after the incident,” Joseph-Tittle said.
The woman, who bore her husband one son, said the deceased was a trained Pilot but he chose never to fly.
Instead, he worked in his family’s business, the Scent Shop, which was located on High and Thames streets.
Camacho-Tittle is the third person gunned down so far this year.
Police have since called on residents to report anything they know of the shooting death. Persons who have information can contact the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at 462-3913/14 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIPS (8477).