Headline — 02 November 2012 — by Albert J. Ciego
12 bullets for road construction supervisor

Why? His friends and fellow workers say he was a family man, a good man and a hard worker

The wailing and crying were heart-wrenching at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital this morning as the wife and children of road construction supervisor David Myvette, 43, mourned his death.

Myvette, an employee of Mejia United Construction Company and a resident of Sandhill Village, was rushed to the emergency ward after he was shot about twelve times in his head and back by an unknown gunman. He fought for his life for about 15 minutes in the emergency ward while being treated before succumbing to his injuries. His family, who had rushed to be by his side, was overwhelmed with grief when they were told that he had died.

The incident occurred around 9:30 this morning, Wednesday, on Electric Avenue, a road in the Lake Independence area.

Police said that Myvette was working with his crew, laying concrete on Electric Avenue about 80 feet from the junction of Electric and Lawrence Avenues when suddenly, his workmen ran away. Two men then rode up on bicycles and one of them, without provocation or warning, shot Myvette while he was steel-floating the cement mixture that had been dumped on the steel formwork on the road.

Witnesses said that about twelve shots were fired at him, after which the killer rode into a side street and disappeared.

A witness told Amandala that Myvette fell face-down on top of the soft cement, and blood was coming from all parts of his head. But he was still breathing, observers said, and they immediately put him into a vehicle and rush him to the KHMH.

Another witness told Amandala that two men rode up from Lawrence Avenue and stopped at its junction with Electric Avenue. One of the men got off his bicycle and left it in the care of his partner and he walked the short distance to where Myvette was steel-floating the soft cement with his trowel.

The gunman asked Myvette for “foreman,” and Myvette replied that he was the foreman, and without provocation, the man pulled out a gun and shot Myvette, who was stooping down with the trowel, in the head, and when he fell face-down into the cement, the killer fired multiple shots into his back.

Reportedly, after the killer shot Myvette, his slippers got stuck in the soft cement. The killer coolly bent down, retrieved his slippers and stepped out of the cement as if nothing had happened.

He then walked to Lawrence Avenue, where he had left his bicycle. His partner then rode up a side road off Lawrence Avenue and the killer rode down to the end of Lawrence Avenue and disappeared.

Another witness, in a conflicting report, told Amandala that after the truck delivered the concrete onto the steel formwork and the concrete was leveled off by the workers, they walked off on a break, leaving Myvette and another worker to steel-float the concrete.

A man then rode up and said something to Myvette, and there was “hard talk” between the two. The man rode away, but shortly after, two men rode up on bicycles and asked for a person by name, and before Myvette responded, he was shot first in his head, at which time he told the men that he was not that person, but the gunman continued to shoot him anyway, after which he walked to where his bicycle was and rode away as if though nothing had happened

Police are looking for a man who was one of Myvette’s workers, who they believe can help them with their investigation.

Police say they recovered twelve 9mm expended shells from the scene.

Those who know him said that Myvette was a no-nonsense supervisor and did not tolerate idleness.

Karla Hart, of Mejia United Construction, his employer, told Amandala that Myvette had been an employee of the company for around 10 years on an off-and-on basis. He had been working for four weeks on the road concreting project. He was a good, productive worker, she said, and he was the go-to person when she wanted to get good supervision on projects.

She told reporters that she was in her office when a worker called and told her that David had just gotten shot. She immediately left her office to go to the site, but shortly after, she got another call informing her that he had been taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Hart said that she rushed to the KHMH and saw Myvette in the vehicle that brought him from Electric Avenue, and she was devastated. He was covered with blood, and he wasn’t able to tell them anything.

She and another worker got him out of the vehicle and put him on a stretcher. Shortly after that, he died in the hospital. She had just spoken to him earlier, about five minutes before he was killed. He had asked for some nails and for caution tape because he was doing some “stamp” concrete to add a decorative finish to the work.

Hart told reporters that there were no problems, and that the residents of Electric Avenue were in full cooperation with the road construction. David was one of the hardest workers she knew, she said, and would work Monday to Sunday if allowed to do so.

Hart told Amandala that Myvette was a family man who raised his five children, three girls and two boys. He also was the grandfather of one child. He brought them up well, she said, and they are well- mannered. The family is strong and united, but has now been devastated by this vicious murder. They are claiming the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, she said.

Neighbors say that they are annoyed, because while seven mobile units responded to the murder, a search of the area was not carried out.

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