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Relatives of Christopher Reid,
who was shot dead by a police
officer on Duke Street, Port-of-
Spain, on Wednesday, hold no ill
will against the officer.
Reid s relatives made the com-
ment after viewing his body at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James,
According to police reports,
around 2.40 pm Reid was seen
fighting with his estranged com-
mon-law wife, Chinales Thomas,
along Duke Street, near Henry
During the fight Reid, 45, of
Second Caledonia, Morvant, pulled
out a gun and placed it to Thomas
head. However, the driver of an
unmarked police vehicle, who was
stuck in traffic, jumped out of the
car and shot Reid. Police said Reid
was pronounced dead on arrival
at the Port-of-Spain General Hos-
T&T Guardian spoke to two of
Reid s relatives, one of whom is a
police officer, yesterday.
One of the relatives, who asked
not to be identified, said while she
thought five shots were excessive,
she understood the officers "did
what they had to do" to protect
"He did not have to go that way,
knowing that someone was in the
prime of his life.
"We do not have any malice
towards the officers. If I was in
the position... I don t know. I
always tell them to have a human
perspective first. I say today is your
relative, tomorrow it is mine. And
today it was my relative. Now he
is a statistic," she said.
However, the police officer, who
also did not want to be identified,
said it was difficult for her to deal
with Reid s death, especially since
it was by the hands of another
"Knowing that his death
occurred at the hands of a fellow
colleague, I have a lot of questions.
He wasn t just a cousin to me, he
was like my brother. It is hard,"
She said while she had many
questions about the force used in
Reid s death, his actions were
"In the end of the day, he had
a firearm that he should not have
had because he is not a holder of
a firearm licence but I believe the
situation could have been dealt
with and resolved by both him and
his common-law wife," the police
Reid, who was a father of three,
was a self-employed craftsman.
His relatives described him as a
hard working and loving man.
"His children are not doing well.
The smaller ones are not coping
well at all. His daughter just broke
down in school," she said.
The relative admitted Reid had
a criminal past but said he changed
when his children were born.
"People would come and say
that their relative was a good boy
but I will be honest. In his younger
days he had many run-ins but he
changed his life when his first child
was born," she said.
The relative said Reid had been
with Thomas for 21 years and was
like part of the family. They both
said they were unaware of any
domestic violence issues between
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar last night made an impas-
sioned plea to Christian leaders in
T&T to help in the fight against pos-
sible terrorist threats in this coun-
try.Persad-Bissessar was speaking at
a function in observance of Easter at
the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann s.
She noted that the issue of terror-
ism was real and that T&T should
not consider it immune from such
Persad-Bissessar said she raised
the issue at last week s summit
between Caricom and US President
Barack Obama in Kingston, Jamaica.
She told leaders from the Catholic,
Anglican, Shouter Baptist, Evangelical
and other Christian denominations
that they should use the churches to
preach a message of unity, diversity,
love and peace in T&T.
She asked the leaders if they would
commit to such an initiative and they
The PM said the State was aware
of citizens from T&T who were trav-
elling to the Middle East to train with
terrorist groups, including the Islamic
State. She said those people may seek
to return T&T and a recently co-
sponsored and signed UN agreement
would assist T&T to monitor those
Persad-Bissessar also condemned
two terrorist attacks in Nigeria, where
Boko Haram kidnapped more than
200 girls and the other in which hun-
dreds of university students were shot
in cold blood, saying they were acts
She said she did not share the view
by others that T&T should not be
speaking about those situations.
"Terrorists are terrorists and they
would leave no one alone. If they
could go into the developed world,
into Europe, the United States and
commit their acts of terrorism and
aggression, who are we in T&T to
say that we are immune from this,"
She asked the leaders to assist by
what they preached, adding that the
jihadists are firm in their belief that
God was on their side when they
commit their acts of terrorism.
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