Mother of soldier in burnt van wants confirmation and closure


A mother, who believes her son’s lifeless body was found in his burnt vehicle earlier this year, is appealing to the powers that be for closure.

Agnes Pope, mother of former Antigua & Barbuda Defense Force soldier Ashon Martin, said since the incident in August, no DNA or forensic results have been provided to her.

“Today is the 14th of December. (Four) months and (three) days since his passing and up to now no DNA result. Please, please, please, I am begging, please, I need my son to put to rest. I can’t take it anymore,” the grieving mother said in a Facebook post.

On August 11, a body was found in the front passenger seat of a burnt Toyota Noah van in the Yeptons area while police officers were on patrol about 1:45 a.m.

Police have not yet confirm the body to be that of the 26-year-old soldier, and neither have they ruled the death a murder.

Pope remembers her son as a “very nice child” and “mannersable.”

“I am not saying this because he is my son I am saying it because its the truth. Up to this day I can’t understand why would someone do such thing to him,” she said.

“I am in so much pain. My chest is hurting so much. My pressure keep going up and down. I will never stop grieving his death but putting him to rest will give me a little peace.”

Lawmen want people with information to come forward by calling the Criminal Investigations Department at 462-3913 or 462-3914.

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  1. I can only imagine your pain momma. Just reading your words touched my heart. I really hope the relevant authorities will grant you the closure you so desperately need. I’m so sorry for your loss, heartache, and pain. Revelation 21:4

  2. I am reading this with tears flowing. This is torture!!! My God! Since August and we are in December. No one should have to go through that. Whoever did this to him, whoever is covering up (if there is a coverup), there is a God above. Remember, prayers move mountains. Why is a DNA result taking so long? I see the commissioner is laying out his plans to curb crime in Antigua; what is he doing about this case of a young man who served his country and who knows, was probably killed trying to save his country. Sad indeed 😭

  3. I know how you feel having to wait for my Father’s autopsy to be completed was torture. It was almosyt two months but seemed like an eternity so I can identify.
    May you find closure and a measure of peace.

  4. I know the pain of losing a loved one..My heart is so sad for you..May God grant you peace and the strength to carry on..May He take away the pain.. God Bless you.. I pray for closure in Jesus name..Amen

  5. No one answers prayers better than jesus.i know he hears your prayers and I believe he is going to answer . I just can’t tell you when but in the mean time be strong and stay steadfast in your faith. You will put him to rest one day soon and your mind will be at peace. Hang in there my friend. God bless you and the rest of your family

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