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UPDATE: 'My uncle was a very dedicated family man' – Terecia C. Hodge

March 21st, 2014 | Tags: Baughers Bay drowning death Randolph Heskey
Randolph Heskey aka Jawa (standing right with red hat) was fished out of the sea at the CSY Dock at Baugher’s Bay early this morning. Photo: Andre Dawson
Randolph Heskey aka Jawa (wearing red hat standing next to horse) was a regular at horse race meets as he was a trainer. Photo: Andre Dawson
Randolph Heskey aka Jawa (wearing red hat standing next to horse) was a regular at horse race meets as he was a trainer. Photo: Andre Dawson
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Informed and reliable sources have confirmed that a man has drowned this morning, March 21, 2014 in the vicinity of the CSY dock at Baugher's Bay beach. Photo: VINO
Informed and reliable sources have confirmed that a man has drowned this morning, March 21, 2014 in the vicinity of the CSY dock at Baugher's Bay beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
Word reaching our news room is that Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell drowned earlier today while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach. Photo: VINO
PURCELL, Tortola, VI – As family and close loved ones of Mr Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ struggle to come to grips with his sudden and tragic death they could not shy away from remembering his commitment and love for his family and relatives.

Ms Terecia C. Hodge is a niece of the late Randolph Heskey who said that if nothing else persons need to know that he loved his family very dearly. “He really loved family. He would do anything for a family. He was the type that would go seeking out anyone that is said to be related to him,” she told Virgin Islands News Online.

Jawa as he was commonly called was fished out of the sea at the CSY Dock at Baugher’s Bay early this morning where he was believed to have been exercising and bathing a horse when he drowned. “That was something thing he has been doing for almost all his life. Since I was a little girl I remember my uncle with horses,” related Ms Hodge.

She said that he used to exercise the horses in the sea almost every morning between the hours of 3:00am – 5:00am but couldn’t figure out what might have gone wrong this morning. “I really don’t know much but I am already missing my uncle,” said the woman as she struggled to contain herself from bursting into tears.

She said that she last saw Heskey yesterday afternoon. “I know I was going to wake up this morning to passing and seeing him right there chilling under the tree by Star Shipping but I was awaken to be told that he is dead, that’s so shocking.”

She said that Heskey was a very close friend of the owner of Star Shipping where he would periodically do small jobs there. “He used to do little jobs here and there,” she said.

Randolph has left to mourn in addition to many loved ones and friends, his two children and one grandchild. He lost his Nineteen year-old son Javeron Heskey, who was killed on January 18, 2012 outside Crystal Night Club.

In a press release earlier today the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Public Relations unit said that Officers were called to the scene early this morning, March 21, 2014, where the body of a male was being recovered from the waters near CSY dock. “Cause of death is still to be determined. Investigations are ongoing,” it said.

See earlier story published on March 21, 2014

Horse trainer drowned at Baugher's Bay beach

BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - Word reaching our newsroom is that a man has drowned this morning, March 21, 2014, in the vicinity of the CSY dock at Baugher's Bay beach.

Virgin Islands News Online understands that the victim has been identified as Randolph Heskey known as ‘Jawa’ of Purcell, who perished while swimming a champion horse at the Baugher’s Bay Beach.

Police Public Relations Officer Ms Diane Drayton told this news site, “I can confirm that the body of a male was recovered from the waters near CSY Dock. Reports suggested that he was swimming in the area prior to the incident.”

According to VISAR's Phil Aspinal they did receive a call from the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force alluding to a man being missing. He said that they subsequently returned a call shortly after indicating that one Bobby Hodge got the man out. "They didn’t say dead or alive."

Aspinal said that it was his understanding that the man was out with his horse, the horse returned without the owner and an alarm was raised. Mr Hodge who reportedly was taking his usual morning walk responded and went out at sea and retrieved the man.

42 Responses to “UPDATE: 'My uncle was a very dedicated family man' – Terecia C. Hodge”

  • SIGH:( :(:( (21/03/2014, 07:45) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    R.I.P Jawa....sad that you had to take your last breath in this way :(
  • sorry (21/03/2014, 07:56) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    May your soul rest in peace
  • sad (21/03/2014, 08:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    i just saw the man 6;40 n this happen already sad to hear tho
  • tom (21/03/2014, 08:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jahwa was good people. RIP
  • K (21/03/2014, 08:26) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh no. I will miss seeing him by Emmett Food Stall on Saturdays. RIP
  • PEACE BE STILL (21/03/2014, 08:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    GREAT JEHOVAH!
  • ccc (21/03/2014, 08:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    on no jawa RIP
  • lost for words (21/03/2014, 08:38) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    My heart My heart Goes out to the Heskey Family Deeply. R.IP Jawa You will truly be missed
  • Hmm (21/03/2014, 08:39) Like (26) Dislike (11) Reply
    all i could say..IF it wasnt a heart attack or stroke..TREAT IT very suspicious!!!!!
  • R.i.P (21/03/2014, 08:44) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    R.I.P JAWA
  • SMH (21/03/2014, 08:45) Like (4) Dislike (41) Reply
    OMG this is another sad day...NDP bad Oman still over the country!!! .
    • please (21/03/2014, 10:28) Like (38) Dislike (3) Reply
      People like you should not be allowed access to the internet, show some respect to the man family instead of posting your nonsense.
    • PHONICS (21/03/2014, 12:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      And the word is O M E N!
    • "Wooow" (21/03/2014, 16:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was actually scrolling down just to see if someone really had the audacity to bring politics in this. Ole senseless, inconsiderate JA!!!
  • weed (21/03/2014, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP
  • farmer brown (21/03/2014, 08:59) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    jawa ole bouy you will be missed
  • TH/FA (21/03/2014, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    My sympathy to this gentleman's family. He was doing what he loved, such a tragedy.

    On another note, why are we afraid to call the horse name or the farm name?
    • to you (21/03/2014, 10:07) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Does it matter who the horse is or who the stable is?? (Confuse face)
    • friend (21/03/2014, 10:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      It doesn't matter what horse he was a universal horse trainer, RIP Partner and may the peace of God rest with the girls.
    • the rock (21/03/2014, 13:30) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      why did u not call it u punk!
  • Slimshadee (21/03/2014, 09:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Still in shock after receiving the phone call had to break the news to my daughter your god child. We certainly will miss those chats whenever we meet. May your soul rest in eternal peace JAWA>
  • T (21/03/2014, 09:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh no...RIP!!!
  • rattie (21/03/2014, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    my condolences to his family
  • Fan (21/03/2014, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He will be missed from around the horses
  • Shaun (21/03/2014, 10:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I knew him only by seeing him but my condolences to his family and close friends.
  • Trix (21/03/2014, 10:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No man!
  • window (21/03/2014, 10:39) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another good man gone home
  • vex (21/03/2014, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Horse came in without man what a tragic ending
  • L&B racing stables (21/03/2014, 11:07) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a sad day for a good friend. When you talked about going to swim your horse only one name came to your head, Jawa! He will be missed greatly. Our condolences goes out to his family.
  • horse man (21/03/2014, 12:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    My jawa was a good swimmer what happened jah
  • town man (21/03/2014, 12:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He never passed me without embracing me or saying give me something...may his soul RIP.
  • Family Affairs (21/03/2014, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    today Is a very sad day.. we the horse racing world in the bvi lost one of the most important section of traning our horse..JAWA..rest in peace..u will never be forgotten..RIP brother!
  • mixie (21/03/2014, 14:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jawa u surely will be missed my boy...i only saw u yesturday now i gotta get a call sayin ur dead omg give me strength....jus a reminder to treat our loved ones as if its the last time we will c dem weneva we do....RIP to a fallen soldier
  • TUMBAY (21/03/2014, 16:37) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    R.I.P my brother you will be missed badly!
  • mo (21/03/2014, 17:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER!
  • jtv (21/03/2014, 18:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a avid horse man so sad to see him die like this
  • Huntums Ghut (21/03/2014, 18:14) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The news of the death of a childhood friend and classmate has shocked me terribly. "Jawa", also affectionately known as Billy to many of us who grew up with him, was a loving, caring individual. As I try to come to grasp with the sudden demise of my childhood friend, fond memories from childhood emerge. I recall fondly the time he played "Frosty the Snowman" in our school play. We were probably in the elementary school at the time (Class 3 or 4.) In addition to the humorous way in which he played his role as Frosty, what really propelled the audience into laughter was when the clothing that was stuffed in his costume to make his stomach appear bigger than it was, began to fall to the floor. Of course "Jawa" continued jumping around, as if nothing had happened.
    "Jawa" will most certainly be missed. To his mother Ms. Veronica, his sister "Pat" and his brother "Podggie", our deepest sympathy. May your fond memories of "Jawa" and the fact that many grieve his loss with you, comfort you during this very sad time.
    Best regards,
    From a childhood friend from Huntum's Ghut
  • Diego (21/03/2014, 22:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    JAWA you were like a brother to me RIP my brother condolences to family
  • Loved it (22/03/2014, 01:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great memories... It also made me smile
  • y (22/03/2014, 18:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another one gone how sad
  • jamgirl (25/03/2014, 07:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My heart is broken by the death of jawa when i came here 13 years ago that man showed me around tortola he took care of me always huging me and telling me how proud he was of me thank you jawa my deepest condolences to your loved ones who are heartbroken


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