What happens when seventy-two men and one woman die and no one knows who they are? Who were these men and this woman who were killed during the incursion of May 2010? Did they have children? Did they have mothers? Fathers? Did they have brothers or sisters? How old were they? What did they like to do on the weekends? Were they employed? Where did they work? If they weren't employed … what did they do? Were they young? Were they old? Did they like Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Movado, Beris Hammond, or Bob? What were their favorite colors? What did they like to eat for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? What did their voices sound like? What did they smell like? Did they have boyfriends or husbands? Wives or girlfriends? Had they ever lost a loved one? Did they cry when hurt? Were they tall or short? Dark? Or brown? RED? YELLOW? Where were they when they died? Were they in a building? Were they outside? Who was with them? Were they alone? Were they from Tivoli Gardens? If they weren't, where were they from? Did they have guns, the same as the police and the soldiers? What was their connection to Christopher “Dudus” Coke? Did they have any relationship to Coke? Were there children? Who were their parents? Did they have cell phones? Did they have cars? Did they go to church? Did they go to school? What clothes where they wearing? Did they cry out for anyone? Who were they?
Ebony G. Patterson; the Of 72 Project. Small Axe 1 July 2012; 16 (2 (38)): 119–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/07990537-1665722
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