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Laddie Gillett victim of single gunshot to ‘chest,’ including back: autopsy

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021. 6:58 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Fourteen-year-old Laddie Gillett died from a gunshot wound to the “chest,” not, apparently, the back, according to an official post-mortem examination of his body conducted today, which results police have released.

Examiner Dr. Loyden Ken certified cause of death as “hypovolemic shock, [due to] internal exsanguination. Single, perforating gunshot wound to the chest.”

Put simply, the shot caused a blood vessel (not identified) to lose blood, in turn making the heart unable to pump enough blood around the body to keep him alive.

Per our colleagues at KREM News, this determination has caused some confusion, as the police report stated that Laddie was shot to the “left side of his chest and back” while he and a friend were running from the police.

A medical professional clarified that the chest in medicine, also known as the thorax, covers the entire upper body between the head and the stomach area and is divided into three sections: anterior, covering the frontal section, posterior, covering the back area, and lateral, covering the sides.

The professional consulted by KREM noted that the post-mortem report – of which the death certificate is only a summary – would have the full details of entry and exit wound. However, that report is not normally disseminated by the police. The doctor’s expert opinion on seeing a photograph of the wound to the back is that it is an entry wound but this has not been confirmed by police.

The manner of death is homicide, i.e. that he was directly injured, causing death. The Director of Public Prosecutions has certified that the accused killer, Police Corporal Kareem Martinez, be charged with manslaughter on the basis that the killing was not justifiable, but was not intentional either. Whether this is enough to raise the charge to intentional homicide, or murder, is still to be determined, if at all.

Martinez is interdicted but out on bail, as the country came together calling for justice to be served.


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