Horace Fisher, Gleaner Writer
YORK TOWN, Clarendon:Simroy Gunnes, Winston Williams, and Roy Pusey's harsh existence can easily be described as 'three hard way' after the three York Town residents were shot and seriously injured in the volatile community in July 2011. Since then, they have fallen on hard times.
The three injured men, who are still recuperating from the multiple gunshot wounds they sustained in the near-death gun attack, lamented that since the unfortunate incident, their lives have hit rock bottom after they lost their livelihoods.
They pointed to rising utility, food, and medical bills that they said are piling up and complained to Rural Xpress that the financial, physical, and social burdens they are forced to undergo are unbearable. The men said they are desperately seeking help to get through the difficult times they are experiencing.
"It hard! How me a go manage? Since me get shot three years ago, I haven't worked a day and I have so many bills to pay," lamented Pusey, who operated a tractor before he was shot and injured.
"Right now, I have three sons in school: one at NCU (Northern Caribbean University), one at UTech (University of Technology), and one still in high school. So you see that I need some assistance to take care of my bills and help my children with their schools," he added.
Gunnes, who had about 40 goats up to the time of the incident, lost the entire herd when he was hospitalised. He said that for him to eat, some Good Samaritans have to offer him food.
"Before mi get shot, mi have about 40 goats and mi work otherwise with the sugar people them. Now, you see since them nearly killed me, the thieves them thief the whole 40 head a goats when I was in the hospital. What them expect me to do? Dead fi hungry?" Gunnes asked bitterly.
He added: "Every day is just pure pain me a feel, me a tell you. The suffering is more than what me can bear, so I need a little financial help to bounce back," he, too, appealed, pointing to a bullet wound around his pelvic area.
The men, in relating the incident that led to their current predicament, explained that after going to a grave-digging site for one of their neighbours who had been shot and killed, a number of masked men suddenly appeared out of nowhere and began shooting indiscriminately at mourners.
They recalled that when the shooting had subsided, 10 persons were rushed to the hospital with gunshot injuries. Two eventually succumbed to their injuries. The police fatally shot one of the attackers.
"That day, July 8, 2011, is a day I will never forget as long as I live. I came so close to dying, but God saved my life, and although things are rough right now, I am giving God thanks that I am still alive," declared Williams.