Slain guard's last words to wife were 'God be with you'

BY HORACE HINES
Observer staff reporter
hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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NORWOOD, St James – Lydia Earle, wife of slain security guard Canute Earle, 61, is appealing to her husband's killers to turn themselves over to the police.

Earle, of Paradise in Norwood, St James, and Floyd Wilson of Rosemount Gardens, also in the parish, were slain by heavily armed gunmen who attacked a Toyota Hiace van and a motor car in Montego Bay Sunday morning.

The van, which was transporting approximately $1.2 million in cash, was driven by the 41-year-old Wilson.

A third person, who was on board the Hawkeye motor car in which Earle was travelling ,and which was escorting the minibus, was shot and injured. A Chinese national who was on board the minibus, however, managed to escape unhurt.

“We are praying, but we want to get results. They (killers) have to pay for what they are doing. I am hoping that they can have the strength to come out and give up themselves and admit that they killed and that they are sorry. I would really like that so that I can get to forgive them freely,” the grieving widow said.

She recounted the last moments that she spent with her husband at about 6:30 Sunday morning, just before he left for work.

“Before he left he said to me 'I am leaving my offering (for church) on the table' and he turned to me and said 'God be with you,' and I said to him, 'also with you'. That was the last exchange we had,” she said

A hour and a half after leaving home Earle and Wilson were shot and killed by heavily armed men who alighted a motor vehicle, which they used to block the path of Earle's Hawkeye motor car and the minibus on Jarrett Street in Montego Bay and pelted them with bullets.

Wilson died on the spot, while Earle was pronounced dead at hospital. The security guards' colleague was admitted in a serious condition. The armed men reportedly escaped with two bags they took from the Hiace bus.

“When I was about to leave out for church I got the news that his vehicle got shot up and he died. I did not go to church. I was so weak I couldn't make it to church,” said Mrs Earle, who is a member of the Norwood United Church. Her husband was a devoted Christian.

“My husband is a good person. We have our moments but overall he is a good father, a very good father. Through thick and thin he's always there for his children. He always wants the best for his three children – two girls and a boy,” she said.

She was speaking with the Jamaica Observer at the slain security guard's Norwood home yesterday. Other family members present at the time fo the interview said they have been devastated since learning of Earle's demise.

“... It has rocked the family so much. He was a man of dignity [and] we loved him. He is a father, he's a husband. We miss him so much... it's more than words can tell,” Earle's distressed daughter, Colita Earle Sterling told the Observer.

The grief-stricken wife, meanwhile, remembered that when she was sick sometime ago it was her husband who provided for her every need.

“I was going through a period of sickness, oh, God, he helped me; he helped me so much. He went to market, supermarket, he got me everything I needed — foodstuff, drinks, juices,everything that I needed. He was so good to me. He is kind, jovial,” she recalled.

“He was helpful; he does everything in the house he cooked, he cleaned and he loved to do the dishes,” she said of her husband.

“When he comes home from work, especially in the mornings, he would start to ask where I was when he gets on the verandah. [Sometimes when inside the house] he would hide him in a corner [as part of his usual playful mood]. We also watch movies togetherness, talked and laughed together,” she recalled.

Up to yesterday the police said they had not made a breakthrough in Sunday's double murder.


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