Father: “I Keep Thinking He’s Alive”

December 28, 2011

A father who lost his only son in a tragic Christmas Eve accident said it hasn’t quite sunk in yet, and he keeps thinking his son is still alive.

Speaking with Bernews last night, Carlos Ledo, 47, said he was still in shock over the death of his 18-year-old son Kevin Ledo.

On Saturday morning [Dec.24] Mr Ledo and his son were doing landscaping work at a Warwick residence when Kevin received an electrical shock after an accident.

He fell off the ladder he was working on, and EMTs arrived and started performed CPR on him at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance, where he was pronounced dead at 1:20pm.

A police spokesperson said although the circumstances do not appear to be suspicious, an autopsy is anticipated and inquiries are ongoing.

Kevin Ledo attended Berkeley Institute, and recently started work in the landscaping industry along with his father. “He was a hard worker,” said his father. “A worker like me.”

Mr Ledo said the entire family has taken the death very hard, and they are still shock. Mr Ledo said he keeps thinking his son is still alive, with his death not having fully registered although “it happened in front of my own eyes.”

Mr Ledo and his wife have two other children, both daughters, and Kevin was their only son. Mr Ledo said the family was unable to go forward with their planned Christmas celebrations, and it was the “worst Christmas ever.”

Although not officially confirmed as of yet, it is unofficially understood that Mr Ledo was standing on a ladder, wen he received the fatal electrical shock.

After the accident on Saturday, the police cordoned off a small area with crime scene tape; enclosing a hedge and ladder with a tool laying on the ground.

Both Premier Paula Cox and Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier extended their condolences to the Ledo family, and over 200 people have joined the Facebook page “RIP Kevin Ledo” which was started shortly after the teenager’s death on Saturday afternoon.

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  1. TJM says:

    My prayers go out to this family and his friends. May you find comfort during this time.

  2. saddened!! says:

    god bless this family during this hard time. god bless and stay strong family and friends, my prayers are with you all. :(

  3. Erica says:

    Mr Ledo. Your son was such a good friend to my 2 sons. The goat stall that he helped build will always remind us of Kevin and his kindness. The vegetable garden that he helped dig will forever bring memories of the time that they spent preparing and planting. Although we are overseas and will not be back in time for the funeral please know that my sons loved Kevin like a brother and will never forget him. Our family offers yours love and prayers over these days, weeks, and months. Your son lived more in his 18 years touching more lives than many who live far longer. We are here for you and your family.

    Love Erica (mother of Michael and Aaron).