Via the Daily Observer: Defense Officials Claim Shaki Kamara’s Corpse. Click through for the full report and photos of Shaki and two other injured young men. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Defense today whisked away the body of the late Shaki Kamara, 16, who was wounded by a stray bullet on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, during the West Point riot.
The teenagers’ body was seen wrapped in a white hospital bed sheet and protective plastic as it was being placed into a Striker Funeral Home vehicle.
Heavily armed security forces, including the Liberian National Police, stood by inside and around the hospital premises as they prepared to take his body away.
When asked by the Daily Observer as to why such tight security was needed for the removal of a teenager’s body, an officer, who asked not to be named stated, “It’s to make sure that no one tries taking the body away from us while we’re moving it.”
The late Shaki Kamara was admitted at Redemption hospital hours after he was allegedly wounded on August 20, 2014.
According to his uncle Favor Blamo, the teenager was shot in his right leg during an alleged stone throwing and gun shooting battle between residents of WestPoint and the AFL/LNP.
“They fired at him on the legs, and he was brought to Redemption hospital on the same day. We went there and the hospital people said we should come later; and that’s how it’s been since we’ve been coming here,” the uncle explained.
It’s said by sources that the late Shaki had lost a lot of blood upon his arrival, and the family was told that he needed blood but to no avail.
“He died Thursday by 3pm. He bled for so long and ended up dying because of it. They requested for blood and no one was there to give him blood,” Mr. Blamo lamented.
The family said Shaki had first been taken to the J. F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, where he was refused treatment. They then took him to other hospitals, who also refused to treat him.
He was finally accepted at Redemption, where he lay in his pains, bleeding until he died.
His mother, Eva Nah, said she had sent her son to buy tea and bread in the morning. It was while returning that he was caught up in the melee in West Point Wednesday morning, when he was shot in both legs.
When Shaki’s sister, sent by her mother, Ms. Eva Nah, went to the Redemption Hospital to find her brother, she found him lying dead on the floor in a pool of blood, without having received any medical attention since the Wednesday morning when he was reportedly shot.
Photos in possession of the Observer show that at least two other young men sustained injuries, one to the stomach.