Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 26th 2014 Contents Four murders and one police
killing yesterday marked the start
of a bloody weekend.
In the first incident, around 2.15
am, two men were walking along
Wall Street in Pinto Road, Arima,
when they were approached by a
After proceeding to rob both men,
the gunman whipped out a firearm
and fired at them. One man died
on the scene. He remained uniden-
tified up to late last night. The other
man, identified as Jason Pierre, of
Sangre Grande, was rushed to the
Arima Health Facility and later
transferred to the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, where
he remains warded.
The second incident involved a
16-year-old student from the Arima
North Secondary School.
According to reports, at around
1.50 am, the victim Anthony Seu-
narine was walking along Pro Queen
Street, Arima, with his friends when
a red Kia vehicle pulled up alongside
Seunarine and his friends started
to run. Seunarine, who was running
along De Verteuil Street, was being
followed by the car when he tripped
and fell. One of the occupants came
out of the vehicle and stabbed Seu-
narine in the neck. The vehicle then
A relative at the scene said Seu-
narine left home around 4.30 pm
on Friday, but did not say where he
Meanwhile, in Tunapuna,
Kadeem Sawyer, of Achong Trace,
Reports are that Sawyer was sit-
ting on a chair on the Eastern Main
Road, opposite the Tunapuna Mar-
ket, when two men came to pur-
chase doubles from a nearby vendor.
One of the men whipped out a
firearm and shot Sawyer, who ran
across the road towards the mar-
ket. The gunman continued firing.
Sawyer was shot four times about
the head and upper body before
collapsing. Police said the gunman
then entered a white Elantra car
The fourth killing occurred in
Diego Martin around 11.30 am. Dale
Mathias was sitting in his white
Nissan X Trail outside TruValu
Supermarket, when a gunman
opened fire on his vehicle.
Mathias was from Rich Plain and
is a known community activist.
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Tears welled up in the eyes of
40-year-old paraplegic Alana
Gajadhar yesterday when she
accepted her certificate from Chan-
cellor of the University of the West
Indies (UWI) George Alleyne at the
university s graduation ceremony
in St Augustine.
Gajadhar, a business teacher at
Swaha Hindu College, Sangre
Grande, graduated with a Masters
in Education with a concentration
"Well done Alana!" Alleyne told
Gajadhar as her wheelchair slowly
edged its way on the stage before
university principal Prof Clement
Sankat, hundreds of applauding
graduands and parents.
Gajadhar became disabled at aged
16 after a vehicular accident along
the Valencia Stretch, while on her
way home from St Augustine Girls
High School (SAGHS).
Overcome with emotion, Gajadhar
struggled to contain her tears, which
rolled down her rosy cheeks as she
made her way down the ramp.
After the ceremony, Gajadhar said
she became teary-eyed when she
was presented with her certificate
because the last two years of her life
was "a big struggle and the most
difficult" since the one person she
needed to give her the final push---
her mother---was not physically
there. Her mother Naindra died in
"I felt proud but emotional as well
because it was a lot of hard work,
and it s now over," she said.
"I know mom is here in spirit
looking down from above and smil-
ing for what I have achieved despite
my disability. When I wanted to give
up, there was always an inner voice
that gave me the motivation to press
on. I know that inner voice was my
mom. I still miss her," Gajadhar said
bursting into tears.
Gajadhar said she would not have
reached this far in life without the
support of her father Deodath, who
is her main pillar of strength, her
two brothers, friends and God.
Gajadhar spoke of her tight sched-
ule---teaching at school all day and
then attending classes at the uni-
versity on evenings.
"By the time I reach my Sangre
Grande home I would take a nap,
get up in the wees hours of the
morning to study and do my assign-
ments. Then it s back to teaching
again. For two years I did this, sac-
rificing everything to obtain my Mas-
ters. I will never tell anyone it was
Reverting to the fateful day of the
accident, Gajadhar, who still lives in
Sangre Grande, said she was in a
maxi heading home on the Valencia
Stretch when a vehicle collided with
"I was left with spinal injuries.
I became paralysed and was hospi-
talised for several months."
At that time, Gajadhar was a
Lower Six student of SAGHS.
"It was hard to overcome the fact
that one minute you had the use of
your legs and then, in the blink of
an eye, there was no mobility in my
She took a year off from school
and returned to classes to finish her
A Level examinations.
From there it was no stopping
She graduated with a Bachelor of
Science in Sociology and Manage-
ment. Then she got into teaching in
In 2012, she also obtained a post-
graduate diploma (Dip Ed with dis-
tinction) at UWI.
"I am not going for my PhD. That
is it for me," she smiled.
Gajadhar has a message for able-
bodied people and those with dis-
abilities: "Nothing is impossible. You
see something that looks impossi-
ble...there is always a way around
it, you can achieve it no matter
Paraplegic graduates from UWI with Masters...
No stopping Alana Gajadhar
impossible. You see
something that looks
always a way around
it, you can achieve it
no matter what."
A distraught relative of Dale Mathias, who was gunned down in his SUV at TruValu Supermarket, Diamond Vale,
Diego Martin, yesterday, sits in the supermarket's carpark. In the background is the bullet-riddled SUV.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
...1 police killing in Laventille; 4 murders
in Arima, Tunapuna, Diego Martin
Residents describe police shooting
in Laventille as an assassination
At 2.45 pm, the peace in Prizgar Lands, Laventille, was disrupted
by rapid gunfire when police shot and killed Nicholas "Bago" Caines,
Residents told the Sunday Guardian that Caines, who had
marijuana in his possession, was walking in Eastern Quarry, and
upon seeing a highway patrol vehicle began running.
Caines ran into a yard at O' Garro Lane, where he attempted to
jump a wall. He was shot once in the leg and twice in the head.
Caines died on the spot.
Yesterday, residents described the shooting as an "assassination."
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