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San Fernando Mayor Haji Kazim Hosein says he
is saddened by the violent death of a Muslim convert
at a masjid in San Fernando, especially during the
month of Ramadan. He called for an end to that kind
of attack against religious institutions.
He made the call yesterday in the wake of the murder
of Daniel Bostic, who was shot at the Mucurapo Street
He added: "This young man was a recent convert
to Islam, having made the decision to dedicate his life
to Allah nearly two years ago. As a fasting Muslim he
was on his way to take part in taraweeh or night
prayers, which are a blessing during Ramadan.
"Our hearts are broken by the loss of life and this
traumatic act inflicted on the Jama Masjid s worshippers
who were driven into panic and forced to lock them-
selves away over fears for their safety.
"As this city s mayor and a follower of Islam, I am
very saddened by the violent attack at the compound
of a mosque in San Fernando, especially during this
holy month of Ramadan."
Hosein, however, called on his fellow Muslims not
to let that single act deter them from their practice.
He said: "As a city and a community we have to
act now to take meaningful action to prevent more
tragedies like this. No citizen or member of any church,
mosque or temple in our city or our nation, deserves
to be targeted in this way."
Security, Hosein said, had always been a focus of
his work as mayor and he promised to do everything
in his power to work with the city s security agencies
to ensure the safety of the people of San Fernando.
"I encourage my fellow Muslims not to let this iso-
lated incident deter them from practising their faith.
This is a test from Allah which we must rise together
to meet," he added.
He also extended sympathies to Bostic s mother,
Marva, and family on behalf of the San Fernando City
Bostic, who died from shock and haemorrhage due
to gunshots wounds, will be buried tomorrow at 1.30
pm at the same mosque where he was killed. His body
will be interred at the nearby Paradise Cemetery.
Police said they have no motive for his murder.
However, he was previously charged for ammunition
possession and was a person of interest in connection
with a recent robbery in Cocoyea.
San Fernando Jama Masjid worshippers
hid in their mosque on Wednesday night
when a man walked onto the masjid s com-
pound and killed the son of a popular Peo-
ple s National Movement (PNM) activist.
Daniel Bostic, 35, of Drayton Street, San
Fernando, had just broken his fast and was
preparing for prayer when the hooded gun-
man followed him to the ground level of the
mosque, where he was praying, to head to
the upper level and shot him in the back of
As he slumped to the ground, the gunman
stood over him and fired four more shots at
point- blank range, hitting him in the chest
Asaad Baksh said yesterday that although
Bostic was lying on the ground dying, wor-
shippers continued to pray in the upper level
of the mosque because they had been called
In an interview yesterday, Bostic s mother,
Marva, who was a PNM education officer
under the Patrick Manning administration,
said she was uncertain who would have want-
ed to kill her son.
Asked whether she believed the hit was
politically or religiously motivated, Marva
said: "I have heard that today and I dismissed
it. I refuse to believe that someone will kill
my son in the mosque in the month of
Ramadan to set religious or political strife."
She said Bostic was a contractor who did
small projects. A few months ago, Marva
said he fired four workers at a Golconda job-
site. However, Bostic said she did not know
whether that was related to the killing.
"I don t know why this happened. I don t
know that he has any enemies. I don t want
to judge. Let the police do their investigations,"
She explained that Bostic had changed his
life two years ago when he gave up his Baptist
faith and turned to Islam. She said his sister,
Keisha, dropped him at the mosque and was
going to pick him up after prayers.
"He was the protector of the family. He
is not one to fear anybody," Marva said.
She said on July 18 last year police slapped
Bostic with a false charge for possession of
ammunition after they executed a warrant
on the family s home.
Bostic was also charged for wounding with
intent a few years ago but that case was
thrown out, Bostic added.
Police said yesterday that they were work-
ing on several leads in connection with the
shooting. Around midday, officers raided an
apartment in Embaccadere and arrested two
men for questioning. A source said the cam-
eras around the mosque did not pick up the
killer s face. However, a registration number
for the getaway car was obtained.
An autopsy done on Bostic s body yesterday
revealed that he died from gunshot wounds.
man at mosque
Mom puzzled at execution-style killing
Mayor wants end
to religious attacks
A grieving relative of murdered Daniel
Bostic stands outside the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, yesterday, after viewing
his body. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
Several Muslim organisations expressed
outrage at the shooting yesterday.
President of the San Fernando Jama
Masjid Waheed Majid said since the
shooting security had been beefed up at the
mosque on Mucurapo Street.
"Allah controls everything and we take
solace in the fact that no one else was
injured," he said.
Majid said during the month of Ramadan
the masjid was usually open and accessible
to the public.
"We don't have any way of knowing who
should not be there," Majid said, adding that
the call to prayer was made at the same
time that Bostic was killed so worshippers
continued to engage in their prayer while the
police continued their investigations outside.
Majid said Bostic died a martyr because of
the timing and the way in which he was
"We hope the family could find solace in
knowing that he died during an auspicious
time. It is a blessing, as he would have been
given the death of a martyr," he added.
President of the Waajihatul Islaamiyyah
(The Islamic Front) Imam Umar Abdullah,
meanwhile, called on Muslims to be calm
and not retaliate.
"As much as we are disgusted and are not
going to tolerate nor accept this dastardly
act perpetrated within the sanctity of our
holy places, we are asking the Muslims to be
calm and to take a step back and to ask
yourselves the question: Where are we in all
of this, what has been our role and what
part are we playing in this new spate of
violence within the Muslim community?"
He added: "We have no one else to blame
but ourselves. We hold the keys to bridge
those gaps and reconnect with the society,
but because of our lack of leadership and
lack of vision we have once again found
ourselves at the mercy of those who govern
us."He questioned whether another state of
emergency was pending.
Police yesterday urged anyone with
information on Bostic's killing to contact the
San Fernando police.
Supt Zamsheed Mohammed, Insp Don
Gajadar, Sgt Bisnath and Cpl Charles from
the Homicide Bureau are investigating.
LEADERS CALL FOR CALM
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