GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – After the PeeDee the Pirate statue was vandalized and nearly stolen from campus, 9oys caught up with the student who made the call that might have saved PeeDee’s existence.
“I literally ran over to see, cause from far away, I thought he was gone, but then he was just laying there broken,” said Abu-Bakarr Kuyateh, who got to the scene first.
“We start taking snaps and start taking pictures cause it’s shocking to us that he was broken because literally an hour before he was till there standing in all his glory,” Kuyateh said.
He then jumped into action, called the police and stood guard as people tried to take the remains.
“I think four or five people tried to take him, so me, you know, two guys try to fend off a whole army of people trying to take him,” said Kuyateh. “You have to have respect for the statue.”
Abu and other students have an idea of why someone might steal him
“They’re mad because of the game we lost, that’s probably the reason why,” Kuyateh said.
“I would it’s someone from a different school, being it’s our homecoming week, and they’re trying to play a joke on us,” said Naquan Jackson, an ECU student.
While we won’t know until the investigation is complete, students are confident they’ll soon see their PeeDee again.
“Someone will come and fix him,” said Kuyateh. “He’ll be back within two weeks and we’ll all just (say) ‘Remember that time PeeDee was stolen?’”
ECU Police said they now have the rest of the statue in their custody, and are investigating what happened.
“Hey don’t take Peedee,” Kuyateh said. “Don’t do that. You know…that’s our statue,” Kuyateh said. “Everyone comes from all over the state to take pictures with PeeDee.”