Police still investigating cause of stabbing case

PHILIPSBURG–The body of Gary Zorilla has not yet been released to family because an autopsy still has to be performed. The young man died in the early hours of Friday as a result of multiple stab wounds suffered during a fight with seven men at the entrance of Diamond Estate in Cole Bay.

  Three suspects turned themselves in late on Friday and claimed the fight was in self-defence.

Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said on Monday that police are still hearing witnesses and cannot exclude more arrests in the near future.

Reports suggest that seven men followed a group of four to the area in Cole Bay on Thursday night. The latter group, which included Zorilla, saw three guys with whom they had issues and a fight ensued that resulted in the trio being overpowered by the group of four that attacked them.

  The three apparently managed to flee and contacted four other friends to come to their aid. The assailants, who saw they were then outnumbered, decided to go to another friend who lives in Diamond Estate. However, the new group of seven followed and cut them off at the entrance.

  They all came out of their vehicles and a full brawl started, leading to the stabbing of Zorilla, and two others getting minor cuts from one of the men who were seeking revenge for the earlier fight. Zorilla was stabbed by a hacksaw blade on the back of his head, back and chest areas. The sharp object was confiscated on the scene.

  The Daily Herald understands that the other four men who were also present during the stabbing have told police they were not at the fight on Friday morning. Police detectives are still looking for surveillance linking the others to the crime.   

  The three suspects in this case I.A.W. (23), J.E.N.S. (23) and A.A.L. (20) voluntarily turned themselves in at the police headquarters in Philipsburg, but police still have questions about the incident.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/67930-police-still-investigating-cause-of-stabbing-case