The pastor who officiated at the wedding of Damion Omar Davis and Asheika Raven Williams has described the tragedy which unfolded at their wedding reception and marred their big day as “sad”.
Having said their ‘I dos’, Damion, 37, and Asheika, 36, both teachers of Florence Hall in Trelawny, went off to take their wedding pictures. The newly married Davises headed to Glistening Waters in Trelawny for a grand reception. They were, however, in for a shocker as before they got there, one man was shot and killed and another injured following a dispute over the volume at which the sound system was being played.
“They had a good time at the ceremony and both the couple and guests were in a great mood,” Reverend Junior Rutty, who presided over the ceremony at the Agape Christian Fellowship in Falmouth last Friday, said. Rutty, who turned up at Glistening Waters to see crime scene tape and chaos, said everybody was looking forward to the ceremony. He was scheduled to offer prayers at the reception.
“It is the first that I am experiencing any thing like this associated with any wedding which I have conducted,” he said. According to police reports, Paul Chambers, 45, a selector of Florence Hall, was asked to turn down the music by Rosalie Bernard, who was a service provider at the event. An argument developed and Earl Bernard, Rosalie’s son, intervened and pushed Campbell. The selector lost his balance and fell backwards into a flower pot.
After getting up, Campbell allegedly pulled his licenced firearm and fired at Earl Bernard, a photographer, hitting him in the left side of his neck and exiting his shoulder blade. Having been shot, Bernard fell to the ground, pulled his licenced firearm and fired several shots at Campbell, hitting him over his body.
Campbell fell to the ground clutching his Glock nineteen 9mm pistol. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Earl Bernard was hospitalised and treated for his injuries.
The police said they recovered eleven 9mm spent casings at the scene.