(L to R) Vaughn Dodds giving testimony at the weekend's Peace Conference in Wesley as Francis Joseph, Chad Andrew, and Tiyani Behanzin looks on. * Photos Courtesy, Sean R Douglas, Media Coordinator/Peace Conference

Vaughn Dodds, a Wesley man who has been in trouble with the law, said he is transforming his life and has warned youth in his constituency to stay away from crime.

Dodds, who survived a shooting incident last December, was one of those invited to a peace conference in Wesley at the weekend.

Dodds had been fighting for his life in hospital after being shot several times on December 14. Lee Anthony of Morne Rachette, 23, was charged for shooting with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Dodds, as well as attempted murder.

Dodds said Sunday that being alive after the shooting incident has served as a wake-up call.

“I was dead on the 14th of last month and I know to myself that God has given me another chance to reconsider my life and to mediate and I think God has a work to do for me that’s why he spared my life,” Dodds said.

He has described his past as “history” and he wants to be an exemplary figure to his children and other Dominican youth for the rest of his life.

“I got two sons I’m willing to take very seriously in my life now. I don’t want my kids raising up knowing about my past. I’m willing to advise and counsel or go out to schools and places where I can be of any assistance towards young people and violence.

“For those young people who looked at me as a role model or looked at me as a hero in the past, I wanna say to them that they are wrong because my life in the past was not the right life to live,” Dodds emphasized.

He has said that he is willing to forgive those involved in the shooting incident of December 14 2010.