By Simeon S. Wiakanty, Intern
The Daily Observer yesterday learned of the death of a 22 year old man, who was reportedly bitten by a snake. Eyewitnesses said Fredrick Gaye died over the weekend after he was bitten by a ‘cassava snake,’ an incident that occurred in the ELRZ Community in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County.
In a telephone conversation with Mark T. Dorue, a resident of Zwedru, on Thursday, August 4, he said Gaye accompanied his colleagues to finish a brushing contract, which he and his friends earlier signed with a lady identified as Sokalateekpar.
Dorue said while Gaye and his colleagues were brushing a portion of the farm, he reportedly stepped on the snake, which reacted by biting him, resulting to his death.
Mr. Dorue told this newspaper that the incident has created fear in the minds of residents of Zwedru, adding that the incident was the second snake bite to occur in the same locality, which he and other residents considered as ‘demonic.’
Another resident, Alphonso Saylee, ELRZ Community chairman, said immediately after Gaye was bitten, one of his friends, identified as Bajabo, ran to a nearby village to inform traditional healers, adding that while Bajabo was away, a snake strangely entered where the victim was being cared for, which really spooked the locals. “It was at that time, we also killed the creature; but by then, Gaye had already died,” Saylee sadly narrated.
“A traditional healer who arrived on the scene could not administer any herbs to the victim, because he was already dead,” Mr. Saylee told the Daily Observer via mobile phone on Saturday.
Frederick, who has been buried, is survived by his mother, Felecia Gaye, a number of siblings and other relatives.