Lowmans Leeward resident Kyle Phillps was shot just outside his home Tuesday night.

UPDATE: May 8, 2014 — The two men wanted in connection with the death of Kyle Phillips have been taken into police custody.  (Read: Wanted men now in police custody)

Original story:

Mavis Phillips was watching a soap opera on TV just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, when she heard gunshots outside her home in Lowmans Leeward.

She looked through her door and saw two men running across an area just above her house.

About 20 minutes later, the news came: the gunshot she had heard had been pumped into the body of her 20-year-old son, Kyle Phillips.

After being shot, Kyle, who lives with his mother and other relatives in an area of Lowman Leeward called “Spring”, ran further down into the valley, from where another resident took him to hospital. He died less than two hours later at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown.

Phillips told I-Witness News on Wednesday that her son was shot six times. Police said he sustained gunshot wounds to his stomach and left hand.

Phillips said she recognised the persons she saw fleeing the area after the shooting. She further told I-Witness News that she had informed police about the identity of the persons, but did not think it appropriate to disclose their identities to the media.

WANTED: Jason Henry, left, and Rodney Roberts.
WANTED: Jason Henry, left, and Rodney Roberts.

Police on Wednesday issued wanted notices for Lowman Leeward residents Jason Henry, 30, and Rodney Roberts, 24. Police say the men’s names have surfaced and are of interest in their investigation into Kyle’s death.

Police have described them as armed and dangerous and have given them until 5 p.m. today, Thursday, May 8, to report to the Criminal Investigation Department.

In November 2009, Henry and Roberts were acquitted on a triple murder charge, five months after Chauncey resident Andre Charles, the third persons to be charged with the Aug. 9, 2007 murder of Reuben Small, Ralson Omoro Bownes and Javon Antoine at Lowmans Leeward, was convicted

Phillips told I-Witness News that on May 1, her son had an argument with one of the two persons she saw running away from the area of the shooting Tuesday night.

She said the man approached her son with a knife and asked if he wanted “war”. She said that Kyle chased after the man and the police were summoned and visited the area.

Nigel Hamilton, brother of the deceased, Kyel Phillips, and their mother, Marvis Phillips. (IWN photo)
Nigel Hamilton, brother of the deceased, Kyel Phillips, and their mother, Marvis Phillips. (IWN photo)

The mother of five said that her son was hoping to get a job on the South Leeward Highway Rehabilitation Project, which gets underway next month. “If I tell you, God like he took away all fear from me, even now I can’t even tell you what is going on,” she said as she spoke of the numbing effect of the killing.

Meanwhile, Kyle’s eldest brother, Nigel Hamilton, who lives in Mesopotamia, said his feeling after the killing was “not nice at all.

“I talked to him Monday and I said I will see to him Saturday. And I saw him today dead,” he told I-Witness News.

Kyle is a former student of the

CW Prescott Primary School and Bethel High School.

His death brings to 12 the number of murders in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2014.

6 replies on “Mother hears gunshots that ended her son’s life”

  1. calvin llewellyn says:

    “Phillips said she recognised the persons she saw fleeing the area after the shooting. She further told I-Witness News that she had informed police about the identity of the persons, but did not think it appropriate to disclose their identities to the media.”

    I think this should have been omitted from the article as it can lead to retaliation against Mrs. Phillips… just my opinion!!!!

  2. I think that its poor judgement. On your part to put an eyewitness at risk all for the sake of journalism. Especially if the individual didn’t want her account to be reported by the. Media. That part should have been omitted

  3. The NPDites say Ralph and the ULP are causing all these violent crimes. Ah wonder if they will say and show with facts that Ralph and the ULP cause [the] shoot[ing of] this gentleman?

  4. Carlos Walcott says:

    Calvin, your opinion is correct. That was a bit of journalism faux pas. I hope it does not result in anything untoward happening to Mrs. Phillips. Some things are better left unsaid…

  5. Watching Hard says:

    I already made these general comments in relation to this matter here:

    https://www.iwnsvg.com/2014/05/07/breaking-news-two-lowmans-men-wanted-in-connection-with-shooting-death/

    There may be a so called “Education Revolution” taking place in this country, but something tells me what is happening is that our people are afforded more schooling, not necessarily more education. Being educated about who you are, where and what you come from, what is expected of you as a citizen and what you are capable of can go such a long way in changing the climate of depravity in this country. When you do away with desperation, hopelessness and aimlessness, watch the crime situation improve. It’s not because we are a poor country, its because as a society we are lacking certain core strengths why we are now falling apart socially.

    Of course there are a ton of other factors that contribute to the situation but implementing and practicing some of the things that I have discussed can certainly I believe, affect the situation for the better.

  6. I have read all the news papers and am getting almost three different stories. I have listened to different persons, everything that I have heard and seen does not make sense or add up. How can this woman see the two men and not her son who got shot in her yard! Why the the injured son ran to buddy gutter and not to his home if he got shot in is yard.? Can any see someone’s face in the dark while running? Where did the blood stain disappeared to from the Mrs. Phillips yards. Did the police found the shell for the bullet? Did the police carried out proper investigation to find out where the young man got shot. Did they the police questioned the two accused relative or friend or their alibi to find out where they were at the time of the shooting? How can the police charge these young men based on hear say?
    Just thinking!!!

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