Dominican teen fights for his life after vicious attack by thieves

Jahhym Azoo lying in hospital with a battered face. A section of the photo has been blurred because of its graphic nature. The unedited version can be downloaded here.

A 17-year-old boy from Massacre in Dominica, is currently on life support at the Mount St Johns Medical Center in Antigua after he was beaten by a gang of five boys who tried to rob him.

The incident occurred on Thursday in an area called Grays Farm.

His mother, Odiel Furlong said her son, Jahhym Azoo, has multiple fractures to the bones in his face and he also has bleeding on the brain.

She explains that five males attacked her son and beat him when he tried to defend himself as they robbed him of his Adidas slippers and cellular phone.

The teenager reportedly resisted the attack, and the robbers escalated their violence. They reportedly beat the teenager to the ground and stomped him in the face repeatedly before fleeing.

Azoo, who came to Antigua just a few weeks ago, was walking home when the incident occurred.

According to the Antigua-born woman, her son is somewhat of a loner and does not have any friends as yet.

His mother said she was told he only has a 50 percent chance of surviving due to the bleeding on his brain.

In addition to bleeding on the brain, the victim suffered multiple fractures to his facial bones and he hardly responds to painful stimuli, his mother said.

The woman who was in tears, said, “Is the machine alone a save me son life right now; jus’ de machine dat he is breathing off. He is not conscious; he cannot speak; his whole face – all de bones broken, nose broken, lips sliced in two, his teeth come out, half of his teeth out his mouth, and blood on his brains right now and de doctor to do de surgery is not on de island.”

The woman said the staff at the hospital advisd her that apart from stitching the cuts and gashes to his face, there is little else they can do until the specialist arrives to treat the brain bleed.

“The doctor they told me, has to come and do the surgery to stop the blood from bleeding in his brain and they told me after the doctor come and do the surgery they will do the operate on the bones in his face. They already stitched him up fore day morning, and that’s all,” she cried.

Crying almost uncontrollably, the woman mumbled, “He whole face mash in, they tell me they have to put in wire in his face and if the doctor don’t reach soon it’s whatever me haffu face me haffu prepare; dat a what dem say. They don’t think he has a great chance.”

At least one eyewitness who went to the teen’s aid spoke with police since the incident, a source confirmed.

Another witness called the ambulance and waited until the boy was taken to hospital before going to his home to report what had happened.

The mother is urging anyone else with information to reach out to the Grays Farm Police Station as soon as possible because “these criminals must not get away with this. Me son jus’ come ya and he nuh know nobody; dis is not fair,” she said.

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  1. This is sad
    September 11, 2019

    May the Almighty God heal and preserve this young man’s life. I pray for comfort for the family in this sad time. The 5 boys will forever be haunted and have no peace.

  2. Totally Patriotic Da
    September 9, 2019

    After all the viewers and readers of this article only one comment? Because it is not salacious material and gossip, very few persons responded. I guess a young man’s life is not important it means very little to them, how sad. The moment I read this my heart sank because knowing Antigua unless someone comes to give evidence or testimony to this most brazen and diabolical act the young man’s life will be forever pained. So sad right now for this family. Lives matter my people please be more considerate. God continue to bless Da and it’s people and I pray this victim gets justice and these cowards and animals gets what they deserve, Prison.

  3. Patty
    September 9, 2019

    Vengeance is mine saith the Lord, but he also said to help yourself, well my dear 5 boys, if that was my child I am sorry for allu, because you all mother would be feeling the same way I am feeling right now, because vengeance would be mine..

  4. Ibo France
    September 9, 2019

    I hope the Antigua Police Force makes an all out effort to find and drag these wicked persons before a court of law. If not, the Dominican government should intervene on behalf of this innocent son of the soil. He did absolutely nothing to deserve this. God, I feel this one. I feel for the grieving mother and the rest of the family.

  5. Gods prayer warriors
    September 8, 2019

    Lord we pray for this family in their time of need. Give the mother strength and comfort, heal this boy in Jesus Name

  6. September 8, 2019

    My prayers goes out to this young man and with God looking over him to keep him alive until the doctors do the surgery he needs and help his mom have faith and pray that God will save her son. Amen.

  7. September 8, 2019

    You are right my lady, “this is not fair”; it is not fair at all.

    This story takes me back to that same incident with my son, being attacked by two fugs, who used broken bottles to stab him in quite a few places in his body. They took his transit pass, they took his wallet, but thanks to God they didn’t take his phone, so he could call the police, who drove him to the hospital, where he was treated.

    Thanks to God that his injuries were not as severe as that of your son. My God! The boy is only 17 years old, and because of the evil and wicked ways in some human beings his Life in jeopardy.

    They did not give my nephew in Dominica, the chance to spend even an hour at the hospital; he died through their gunshot wounds–two of them also– before he reached the hospital.

    At least they were arrested and is incarcerated at this moment, and I hope that they spend the rest of their lives in torment because of their wicked works–that is what they deserve.

  8. Tobby
    September 8, 2019

    The hand the used have the can’t use it anymore

  9. Ibo France
    September 8, 2019

    My heart is weeping for the young victim of this barbaric attack. This is the times that we are living in. I hope the perpetrators are found and stiff penalties are administered to these beastial criminals.

  10. Braindamage
    September 8, 2019

    When caught, those lazy …….. may get a one year or two years if any and the poor guy has to dwell with this for the rest of his life if he makes it.
    Praying he survive his injuries.

  11. %
    September 8, 2019

    This is so sad, our people are being the victims of these attacks so often! I feel for the mother and other relatives.
    This looks like attempted murder to me. Five young men mugging a 17 year old. I would have allowed them to take the chain and phone, but that’s beyond the point…
    Hope the police apprehend them and they get their rightful punishment.

  12. Hugh Serious
    September 8, 2019

    You are in our prayers young man.

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