Crocodile kills man in Hellshire

August 28, 2018
Kenyon Hemans/ Photographer Carlene Edmondson (centre) and the kids she shared with Wilford, Kemona (left) and Kemarley.
Wilford Edmondson
Wilford's wife of 19 years, Carlene Edmondson.
Pauline McCalla was in shock when she heard how Wilford died.

There was an air of sadness in the community of Smith Lane in Portmore as community members reminisced about the life of 67-year-old Wilford Edmondson.

His life was cut short after he went fishing early Sunday morning.

THE STAR understands that at about 9:30 a.m. Edmondson and another man went spear fishing in the Hellshire pond. It was reported that he was standing on the edge of the pond when he was attacked and dragged into the pond by the crocodile.

His body was found and retrieved by the Marine police.

His wife of 19 years, Carlene Edmondson, described him as a lovely man, who was hard working and willing to do anything for his family.

“He is such a good man. Him go all our for his family. Yesterday when this incident happen, a go him go out fi look food. Him don’t want him family hungry,” she said.

Like his wife, Pauline McCalla, who has known him for more than 20 years, said that she was heartbroken when she heard the news. She said that they often sit and converse about everything, laugh and have a good time.

“Him is a blessed likkle man. All now mi caan believe,” she said.


Tamara Frazer, who went on the spot after the accident happened, said that the scene was too much to bear. She said that after she saw him in the crocodile’s mouth, she had to leave the scene.

“Dem did have to shoot him in the neck to get him out the crocodile’s mouth. If dem never do that, the crocodile woulda gone wid all a him body. So fi prevent that, they had to take it off,” another resident said.

Even though they are still in disbelief about what happened, his family is comforted that he left a good legacy behind because people have good things to say about him.

“A cause mi strong mek mi nuh drop dung. Mi just glad for the support of the community members because a them a help me keep up mi strength,” his wife said.

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