Man, 19, Found Hung in Bentol

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The late Thomas Russ hanging from a mango tree (far left), as grieving relatives and friends in Bentol City contemplate in disbelief

Thomas Russ, a 19-year old motorcyclist plying in Bentol City, Careysburg District, Montserrado County was last Wednesday evening found hanged from a mango (plum) tree.

Several of the residents who gathered to see Russ’ lifeless body expressed the belief that he committed suicide. However, his parents described his death as ‘mysterious.’

Upon hearing the news that Russ was hanged, several hundred motorcyclists in the area rushed to the home of the deceased. They expressed shock over his death.

According to some family members, young Thomas Russ was one of a set of twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Russ of Bentol City.

His maternal uncle, Joseph J. Roberts, told this newspaper that he last saw his late nephew last Wednesday with some family members listening to music in the courtyard of their residence.  After listening to music for a while, Roberts said some family members left for their respective homes.

He explained sorrowfully that an hour later, it was reported that their son was hanging from a small mango tree.

Officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned in Careysburg who visited the scene, told the deceased’s relatives that they had forwarded their findings to the central administration of the LNP.

Meanwhile, an official of the Commercial Motorcyclists Union in Careysburg District, Sumo Dorkor, described the late Thomas Russ as “a jovial and serviceable youth.”

Dorkor, however, wants the LNP to thoroughly investigate the circumstances leading to Russ’ death.

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