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Fight over name-calling leaves goldsmith dead

Dead: Kareem Kyum

A 24-year-old goldsmith was on Friday stabbed to death during a game of cricket at the Muslim Youth Organization ground on Woolford Avenue, Georgetown.

Dead is Kareem Kayum of Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown. The incident occurred at about 22:40h.

The Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) reported that Kyum and the suspect are known to each other and would play cricket every Friday evening.

“Police were told that during their usual encounter the victim complained that the suspect was calling him unsavory names and was cautioned by an elder person to desist from same,” a statement from the GPF said.

According to the GPF, a scuffle ensued between the duo, during which, the suspect was seen with a knife in his hand and what appeared to be blood coming from Kyum’s chest.

The 24-year-old goldsmith was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital but died while receiving medical treatment. His body is presently at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a Post Mortem Examination (PME).

“The suspect was arrested and taken to the Alberttown Police Station, where he gave a written statement before being placed into custody. Investigation is in progress,” the statement concluded.

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