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The mother of Reuben Richins, one of
the three men shot dead by police on Tues-
day night, said yesterday she was expecting
her son would be killed by the police some
day because of the bad company he kept.
Richins, 23, was reportedly visiting David
"Junior" Baker, 28, and Kareem Edwards,
19, Baker s nephew, at a Freeport apartment
when police surrounded the house. There
was a shootout and the three were killed.
Speaking with the media outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday,
Desta Richins said the third of her six chil-
dren had told her his life was his own and
he would live it the way he wanted.
She admitted her son had been around
bad company for some time and that unfor-
tunately had resulted in his death this time
But although she expected it, Richins said
her son still did not deserve to die "like a
She said: "I expected that he would have
gotten in trouble because of the company
"I am a praying person and would pray
for my children every day, him especially,
because he was always home today, gone
"I was getting nervous the past few
months. Three months ago I prayed about
it and told the Lord Whatever is your will,
give me the strength. And now I just trying
to deal with what I prayed for."
She added: "Reuben was a quiet person
who got caught up with bad company. He
loved his friends, They grew up together
"What can I say about Reuben. He loved
his nephews and nieces and would take care
of them a lot. In his spare time he would
argue with his sisters and clean my house.
I never asked him about his movements.
He was his own man, as he told me, his life
was his life."
Police said they received information that
Richins, Baker and Edwards, all of Petra
Crescent, La Horquetta, were at a house at
Kurban Ali Drive, Calcutta #2, Freeport.
North Eastern Division Task Force police
went to the house in search of Baker, who
had six outstanding warrants for murder
and gun-related offences.
But when they identified themselves they
say the men shot at them. The police shot
back and when they entered the house they
found the men bleeding from chest wounds.
The trio were taken to the Couva Health
Facility but died on the way.
Police said two bulletproof vests, a .38
revolver and a 45 pistol were recovered.
Police have so far killed 37 people for the
Yesterday, Richins and her husband, Roger,
said their son had left home on Sunday to
visit Baker, who reportedly fled the La Hor-
quetta area following a shooting incident
Roger said his son was wanted by men
from the La Horquetta area who believed
he had something to do with the shooting.
He said he spoke to his son about some
of the "wrong things" he was doing but he
never listened. He said despite that his son
was never arrested or charged with any
Also speaking with the media yesterday
was Baker s sister and Edwards aunt,
Prince said she raised both of them and
her only complaint was that Edwards would
stay out late playing football and did not
She said Baker, a father of two, was a
welder while her nephew did woodwork.
Prince said despite what police said her
brother had never been arrested or had
altercations with the law.
"My brother was for his family. He used
to give a little trouble. Everyone has their
past," Prince said.
"He was trying to do the right thing and
he was killed. None of them got a chance
to defend themselves. Junior was a loving
young man who would do anything for his
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Senior Supt Johnny Abraham of the Central
Division says he believes criminals are now migrat-
ing to different parts of the country seeking refuge
when they are either being hunted by the police
or other criminals.
He made the claim after David Baker, his nephew
Kareem Edwards and Reuben Richins, all from La
Horquetta, were killed during a shootout with the
police on Tuesday night.
Baker, who was wanted on murder and other
gun-related charges, had reportedly rented the
apartment where they were eventually cornered by
police and killed, while Richins family said he was
visiting at the time.
All of the men are from La Horquetta and police
said Baker was wanted on several gun-related mat-
Abraham, of the Central CID, said he got a call
over the wireless while he and acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams were attending a police
town meeting at the Upper Carapichaima Presby-
Abraham spoke with the T&T Guardian around
10 pm at the Couva District Hospital, where the
trio had just been pronounced dead.
He said around 7.30 pm, members of the North
Eastern Division Task Force got information and
went to a house at Calcutta Road, Freeport.
He said police surrounded the house and called
on the men to surrender but they instead shot at
them. The police fired back and when they went
into the house found the men bleeding. The men
were taken to the Couva District Hospital but died
before getting there.
Abraham said Central Division police believed
criminals from other areas were looking for a haven
in their district.
"We have some migration taking place where
people are leaving one community to evade police
and hide from other people seeking revenge," he
Abraham said some members of the public were
quick to complain after a police shooting without
understanding the grave danger police faced when
they were being shot at by criminals.
"They (public) must put themselves in the shoes
of police officers confronting people who are armed
and shooting at them and see how they would feel.
The officers are human beings. They have wives
and children and come to make an honest day s
work to secure people who we don t know."
Abraham said he had earlier warned people at
the town meeting that they could not allow people
to come into communities to rent without doing
a background check.
"Here it is we have three young men, presumably
from the La Horquetta area. He could have gotten
their ID cards and photocopy it and bring it to the
station to do a background check."
Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh said he
was supporting an all-out attack on crime in the
Central Division and was backing Abraham 100 per
cent in the war against crime.
He called on his constituents to be vigilant and
report all suspicious activity and people in their
communities to the police.
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Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov told the
media yesterday all three men died of perforated
hearts, having been shot in the chest at least
four times. One of the men was shot five times in
the chest but Alexandrov could not recall which
"They were shot multiple times and all shots
were from the front, they were facing the
shooter," he said.
"They died on the spot, all three had perforated
hearts. The most important thing to avoid any
speculation is that they were shot from the front,
there was no entrance wounds on the back."
Asked about the number of cases that passed
through the Forensic Science Centre involving
police, Alexandrov said: "it is quite a number,"
adding he was not in a position to determine if
the police were right or wrong in any of them.
"The most important in police shooting is the
entrance wound," Alexandrov said, adding that he
was unsure when the results would be back for
gunpowder residue on the men.
In an unrelated matter, Clint Paris, who was
shot in the head by police during a shootout on
Tuesday and is still warded in a critical condition
at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, is expected
to make a full recovery.
Police said yesterday that doctors told them
Paris would "most likely make it."
Police said Paris was with another man at
Belle Vue Road, Long Circular, St James, when he
saw them and ran. He was chased into a nearby
ravine, when he allegedly shot at the police, who
fired back. A Taurus pistol was allegedly
Relatives of Reuben Richins view his body through the window of a hearse outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday. Richins was killed by police on Tuesday
night. (Inset) Richins mother Desta. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Men shot in chest
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