Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 23rd 2014 Contents A6
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JENSEN LA VENDE
David "Junior" Baker, one of
three men killed by police on
Tuesday, had turned his life
around and was trying to live a
law-abiding and productive life.
To ensure this, he moved out of
his home town to live in
This, according to Baker's
"adopted" mother Yvette Carter,
56, who spoke with the T&T
Guardian on Thursday at the
men's Petra Crescent, La Hor-
Carter said Baker and the two
men, Kareem Edwards, 19, and
Reuben Richins, 23, were "Clean
like a whistle."
Carter added: "He changed his
life. He moved to get a fresh start.
I used to talk to him about what
people used to say about him and
he tell me Missy Evie don't
worry. I not on that'."
Sitting outside the Richins's
home, stuffing a piece of cloth
into a glass bottle partly filled
with kerosene, preparing for the
wake, Carter said the boys were
like sons to her.
She added that their deaths
hurt because they were good boys
who had respect not just for her,
whom they called "Miss Evie,"
but for the neighbourhood. Rel-
atives of Richins, who were also
busy preparing for the evening's
wake, said they would have been
more accepting of Baker's death
had he been killed by criminals.
A relative of Richins said he
told her once that he would die
with and for Baker. She added
that on Sunday he left home to
go to Baker's new residence.
She said the two were like
Another relative of Richins said
when they heard of the shooting
they messaged Baker and Richins.
They received a BlackBerry
Messenger response saying "Don't
ping me I dead now."
They added that the Whatsapp
messenger status on Richins's
phone was changed to "Rude boys
don't live long."
Carter, who lived two houses
away from the boys, said proudly:
"Them boys, that's my sons. They
get an unjust death. It just sad
the young men haven't lived their
lives as yet."
Carter added that it was more
hurtful to see the trio, who were
inseparable, all die at once. As
Carter called for justice for the
men's death, the relative, who
spoke earlier, said there would be
none as there were thousands of
people in Trinidad still awaiting
Father and son Devanand and Jere-
my Gokool were each shot four times
at their home in St Helena on Thurs-
According to their autopsy report,
the elder Gokool, 52, was shot first,
four times to the back of the head with
three shots exiting the front.
His 29-year-old son was shot once
in the forehead, once in the chest, once
in the abdomen and once in the shoul-
The men were shot as they sat in
their driveway around 5.30 pm, police
said, by a man dressed in black who
approached and opened fire.
Police said the 52-year-old Gokool,
a money-lender and an employee of
the Ministry of Works, was approached
by the man who pretended he wanted
to borrow money.
The two men were discussing the
terms of agreement, when the shooter,
who police believe was a paid assassin,
murdered the men before returning to
his car and driving off.
Police said the make and model of
the car along with the licence plate was
captured on camera and they would
review the footage.
Jeremy Gokool, police said, was shot
in the chest on January 18 after he got
into an altercation with a man, allegedly
over a government contract that went
On April 10, Siewdath Ragbir, man-
aging director of RS Pavers Limited,
appeared before a Chaguanas magistrate
charged with shooting Gokool. Police
are not linking the two incidents.
Police said they believed an arrest
would be made soon in the matter as
they reviewed additional footage yes-
Developer of Caribbean Cinemas
South Park ten multiplex cinema,
Joseph Rahael, has confirmed that the
newly opened facility will remain
closed over the weekend because the
owners were unable to get a court
licence to operate.
In an interview, Rahael said, "It is
unfortunate that the magistrates court
was on strike again today so we could
not get the licence."
"We will keep pushing in order to
get it as soon as possible," he added.
In the meantime, Rahael said, the
police had restricted them from opening
the multiplex cinema, which had been
attracting hundreds of people.
Rahael said bureaucratic delays in
T&T were a deterrent to foreign invest-
"We certainly need to take a look at
the bureaucracy in getting the approvals
so that it becomes a more streamlined
process. If we can improve the process
that will certainly benefit foreign invest-
ment and encourage them," Rahael said.
Patrons heading to the $20 million
Caribbean Cinemas South Park ten
multiplex cinema were turned away for
a second day yesterday.
Acting mayor of San Fernando Junia
Ragrello, who opened the cinema on
Tuesday night, said it was regrettable
that the public was being affected. He
said the licence which was required by
T&T was an outdated licence that per-
tained to film, not digital movies. He
called on the authorities to address the
On Thursday, police and fire pre-
vention officers shut down the ultra-
modern multiplex saying it was not
safe to operate as it did not have the
necessary approvals. Senior Supt Cecil
Santana said they would keep moni-
toring the facility to ensure that the
licence was obtained before the cinema
was opened to the public.
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Dead man 'had
turned his life around'
Father and son shot
four times each
New south cinema stays closed
La Horquetta resident Yvette Carter speaks to T&T Guardian's Jensen La Vende on Thursday, following the
deaths of her former neighbours, David Baker (inset), Reuben Richins and Kareem Edwards, who were killed
by police. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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According to police, Baker,
28; Baker's nephew, Edwards;
and their neighbour Richins
were at a house at Kurban Ali
Drive, Calcutta #2, Freeport,
when they were shot. Police
said members of the North
Eastern Division Task Force
went to the house in search of
Baker, who had six
outstanding warrants for
murder and gun related
Police said as they entered
the house they were shot at
and they returned fire, fatally
wounding the men.
The trio were all shot in the
chest and taken to the Couva
Health Facility where they
were pronounced dead on
arrival. Police said two bullet
proof vests, a .38 revolver and
a .45 pistol were recovered.
The deaths of the three men
took to 37 the number of
people killed by police for the
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