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Ricardo Francis and his family are still
seeking answers after his daughter, Jer-
nice, 16, was stabbed once in the neck
by a jealous woman who believed she
had stolen her boyfriend.
As it turned out, the woman s intended
target was really the teenage victim s close
friend, who was with her at the time of
the attack in Laventille on Wednesday
According to police reports, officers of
the St Barb s Police Post responded to a
report of a stabbing at Bowen Trace, Snake
Valley, around 9 pm Wednesday.
Witnesses said Francis and her friend
were walking along the road when the
attacker said something to them. They
reportedly responded and continued walk-
ing. Suddenly, witnesses said, the attacker
rushed Francis and stabbed her in the neck.
Francis reportedly began screaming as
her friend rushed to her assistance, while
also alerting her attacker she had attacked
the wrong person.
Francis was later rushed to the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital where she died
while undergoing treatment.
Residents said Jernice had just returned
from Macqueripe with her friend and was
getting her belongings together to return
to her Second Caledonia, Morvant, home
when she was killed.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at the
Aranguez Plaza, San Juan, yesterday, Fran-
cis said his third of four daughters went
to her friend s home on August 2, her 16th
birthday, and had been there up to her
death. The Success Laventille Secondary
School pupil would have entered Form
Four in the new school term.
"The girl who come just pelt a stab and
so happen my daughter get hit. I get weak,
I didn t know what to say again," Francis
Speaking to the media outside the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, yesterday,
Jernice s mother Lisa Barrow said her
child s death was booth senseless and
She asked: "Is that what you killed
someone over? A man? That makes no
sense because even if you had killed your
target, what would be the point?
"For you to end up in jail while he is
free to do what he wants? What is the
point of that? I just don t understand,"
She added: "My daughter went to spend
some time with this girl because they are
friends but like this girl has a male friend
who would come to check her from time-
"I m not sure exactly what the relation-
ship between her and the man was. What
I do know is that my daughter and her
friend were there on the road and the
woman come and said goodnight to the
both of them because like she didn t know
who was who.
"The girls said goodnight back and they
continued walking. The friend then told
me that the next thing she knew was Jer-
nice was screaming. When she looked
around the woman had stabbed Jernice in
The mother said her daughter s friend
told her that after the stabbing the 18-
year-old woman apologised, saying it was
a mistake and that she wanted to attack
Jernice s friend instead.
"Even if you are saying it was a mistake
you knew what you were going to be doing.
You planned to come down to kill someone
"Even if it wasn t my daughter it would
have been her friend, and for a man? That
is just senseless," she said.
--- With reporting by Camille Clarke
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for 13TH AUGUST, 2015
Two San Juan men were killed on Wednes-
day following what police suspect was a drug
deal that may have gone sour.
According to police reports, around 8 pm
on Wednesday the men --- Darryl Ramcharitar,
39, of Don Miguel Road and Roshad Jones, 20,
of Prizgar Road --- were found lying on the
roadway shortly after residents of Chandoo
Lane, San Juan, heard gunshots and ventured
outside to investigate.
Residents called the police and ambulance
service and the men were subsequently taken
to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex,
Officers from the North Eastern Division
Task Force (NEDTF), led by Sgt Cornelius
Samuel, responded to the shooting but by the
time the officers arrived the men had already
been taken to hospital.
Ramcharitar died while receiving treatment
and Jones died early yesterday, police said.
The murder toll up to yesterday stood at
254, 16 less than for the corresponding period
In an unrelated incident, also on Wednesday,
NEDTF officers arrested three men who were
in possession of a loaded Colt 45 pistol. The
men --- between the ages of 26 and 29, from
Sherwood Park, Arima --- were allegedly held
while seated in a beige Mazda 6 along Jean
Lane around 6.30 pm.
The officers, who were on mobile patrol,
said when they passed the vehicle the men
began acting suspiciously. The officers stopped
and searched the car and allegedly found the
gun in the vehicle.
Police said they believed the men were about
to commit a robbery as they fit the description
of suspects in recent robberies in the area. The
men are expected to go on identification parades
relative to robberies and other offences in the
PC Ellis Diaz is continuing enquiries. (JL)
Ricardo Francis, right, leaves the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, after
viewing the body of his daughter Jernice Francis, 16, who was stabbed to death in
Laventille on Wednesday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
in San Juan
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Wrong teen slain
in knife attack
JUSTICE FROM GOD
In a telephone interview after she
had viewed her daughter's autopsy
yesterday, Barrow said at first she
thought the area was "risky" for her
daughter to visit.
"The area was a little risk but she
told me the friend was from school
and she said it was cool and the
friend's mother knew her and she was
comfortable with them.
"I feel Jehovah and the true and
living God will give me justice," she
She said her daughter was a
pleasant person who was always
smiling and liked to swim and dance
and be with her friends.
Barrow said her daughter was
excited about going back to school
Homicide officers are continuing
The murder toll now stands at 254
for the year while the corresponding
toll for last year was 270.
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