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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

Ernest “Dangalang” Thurton, a well-known cyclist, was gunned down at around 4 o’clock on Tuesday, April 15. Thurton, who was a hard working, man and an athlete, is believed to have been killed because his assailant intended to rob him.

 Thurton had just left the Income Tax Department on business for his employer, Minister of State, Hon. Santiago Castillo and he was looking after a house for one of his relatives, and while on the street, known as Cumberbatch, in the Junesville area of the City, a gunman shot him in the back.

 Thurton fell to the ground and bled out while his assailant managed to escape, and by the time area residents responded, he had already passed away.

 Thurton, who is a messenger for his company, did not handle cash, only cheques, so his boss, the Hon. Castillo, told the media that if robbery was the motive, the persons didn’t get away with much since, he wouldn’t have kept company funds on him.

 He leaves behind a common-law wife and 6 children, and his fellow athletes join his family in grief over his tragic loss. Thurton worked for the Castillo family for 20 years, and he was a member of Team Santinos. He rode mostly amongst his peers who call themselves the Weekend Warriors. He is also uncle of Akeem Thurton, who was convicted 2 years ago of trying to kill attorney Rodwell Williams.