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Two minors were remanded into prison
custody yesterday after they appeared in
court charged with the unlawful killing of
an 11-year-old boy who was shot dead while
they were playing with a loaded shotgun.
The court appearance of the brothers---ages
13 and 11---took place around the same time
of the funeral service of 11-year-old Ruben
Reid who was shot dead.
Members of the media were not allowed
into the courtroom when the brothers appeared
before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar
in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court charged
with manslaughter and illegal possession of a
firearm and ammunition.
They were remanded to the Youth Training
Centre, Arouca, until their re-appearance
tomorrow when the magistrate will determine
if bail would be granted.
Spectators were also blocked from entering
the court and only their counsel and immediate
family members were allowed to enter.
The two boys arrived separately at the court
in an unmarked Toyota Corolla and an
unmarked Nissan X-Trail around 2 pm.
Their upper bodies were concealed with a
grey jacket by police officers who escorted
them into the court building.
The boys were represented by attorneys
Saeed Trotter and Russel Warner.
Reid was killed in the hills of Upper Richplain,
Diego Martin, last week Thursday. He was
shot in the face with a shotgun.
The two brothers had been in police custody
since the incident occurred.
Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gas-
pard advised police to charge them on Tues-
Cpl Courtney Phillips of the Homicide
Bureau laid the charges.
A man, who is said to be the owner of the
shotgun, and is reported to be a relative of the
children, remains warded at the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital. He is under police guard at
Police said the 48-year-old suspect had
"ulcers" and was taken to the hospital for
He is expected to be charged with possession
of an illegal firearm and ammunition.
JENSEN LA VENDE
After forgiving the children who shot
and killed his son during horseplay
with a loaded gun, Phillip Thomas yes-
terday told a packed church at the
child s funeral he could not find it in
him to forgive the parents of the chil-
Speaking during the funeral service
at the Church of Christ, Brunton Road,
Diego Martin, Thomas said the death of
his 11-year-old son, Ruben Reid, was a
"great sacrifice" and he could not contain
"It was tragic, it was senseless and it
was stupid and I really can t find the
place to forgive the parents of those chil-
"I forgive the boys who use the weapon
because them and all don t know...the
people who really give the children and
them access to pick up a firearm. I find
it is not a good thing to have in society,"
Thomas said, adding that an example
like that to a child at an early age was
a testament to decay in society.
Reid, a Standard Five pupil of Diego
Martin Primary School, died after he
was shot in the face by a shotgun after
he went with a 13-year-old friend to the
forested area where the 13-year-old s
brothers---11 and six---were tending to
their father s crops of corn, peas and
plantain off the hills of Richplain, Diego
Police said around 11.30 am on August
6, the 13-year-old allegedly loaded the
shotgun. Moments later his 11-year-old
brother is alleged to have fired once, hit-
ting Reid in the face. He died from a
single gunshot wound to the face.
The father of eight said his first five
children grew up in Laventille which has
been plagued with criminal activity and
none of his children had been victim of
crime or criminality.
He told the mourners when he heard
his son was shot he thought he would
have survived after seeing the ambulance.
That hope was dashed after he saw a
hearse for Armstrong Funeral Home
arrive on the scene.
Other mourners who attended praised
the parents of Reid and called on parents
and guardians to do better in raising their
children and called on children to be
obedient to their parents.
Manslaughter charge for minors...
into prison custody
One of the two minors who were charged with manslaughter over the shooting death of 11-year-
old Ruben Reid (inset) taken to court yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Grieving father at son's funeral:
No forgiveness for children's parents
Phillip Thomas, left, consoles his wife, Dawn, during
the funeral service for their 11-year-old son, Ruben,
at the Church of Christ, Brunton Avenue, Diego
Martin, yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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