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for 15TH SEPTEMBER, 2015
JENSEN LA VENDE
A family which was preparing
to celebrate one of their own s
96th birthday tomorrow were
thrown into mourning when one
of their younger ones, 12-year-
old Gonzales schoolboy Yakini
Charles was shot and killed on
his way home from school.
According to police reports,
Charles, a Form One Tranquility
Government Secondary School
student, was heading back to his
Pitman Lane, Gonzales, home
around 8.30 am when he was shot
in the back along St Andrew Lane,
Charles ran along Olton Road
after being shot but collapsed and
was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital by a truck driver
who saw him lying on the roadway.
Charles died while being treated.
Relatives said Charles was
returning home to change his
school shirt, which he claimed was
not fitting well as it was too big.
An ongoing war between two
gangs in Gonzales is being blamed
for the child's killing. Relatives said
the gunmen from one side had
pounced on a group of men who
were seen liming in the area just
before Charles passed on his way
Lanthe Layne will celebrate her
96th birthday tomorrow and her
family was planning a surprise
birthday lime for her but those
plans were dashed yesterday as
they prepared for the child's wake.
When the media visited the
child's home yesterday his paternal
grandmother, Lucille Layne, and
great-grandmother spoke highly
of the young man, who was the
eldest of four children.
Both women said Charles would
be missed dearly as he was very
helpful. The women claimed
Charles was sent home from
school to his death by Tranquility
Government Secondary staff.
However, the school and the
child's father, Saad Charles, have
Saad Charles, in a brief tele-
phone interview, said he went to
the school after learning his child
was turned away because his grey
school pants was too tight. When
he arrived the upset father met
with the school's guard, principal
Mr Anisette and a male dean who
showed him a list of pupils who
were sent home because their
school uniforms were altered and
Charles was not on that list.
Charles said he was told his
son was shot in a drive-by shoot-
ing. He said he was told while on
his cellphone standing next to
some men from the area, a car
pulled up and the shooter opened
fire on the group. The group
scampered for safety and the
Form One pupil was the only one
who was shot.
"I think he was just at the wrong
place at the wrong time," Charles
said of his child's death, adding
there was nothing he could say
about it other than it was sad.
Instead of a celebration to welcome the birth
of baby Kaden, a Cocorite family last night was
preparing a wake for his mother.
Kellane Hinds, 33, the daughter of People's
National Movement operations officer Irene
Hinds, died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital
after failing to regain consciousness following a
scheduled Caesarean Section.
But distraught relatives are now demanding
answers as to how a healthy, vibrant woman
who was also the mother of a seven-year-old
girl died so suddenly. They said Hinds had a full
term and normal pregnancy and was excited
about giving birth.
At her home at Dunlop Drive, Cocorite, yes-
terday, Hinds' mother, Irene, openly wept as
scores of friends, including PNMites, filled her
home to pay their respects to a woman who was
well loved and known in the community.
Hinds would have celebrated her 34th birthday
next month and was expected to get married
Irene, who described her only child as full of
life, said her daughter was supposed to undergo
the C-section around 8 am on Monday but the
operation was not performed until around 1.30
pm. When she went to visit her daughter after
the surgery, Hinds said she immediately knew
something was amiss.
"When I went to visit my daughter she was
coughing blood. I asked the nurse but she told
me that was normal," Irene recounted, struggling
to hold back tears.
She said she then went to visit her grandson,
who was placed on the first floor of the maternity
"I went downstairs to see about the baby...
he is nine pounds-plus... and then when I went
back up her friends were there with her. They
said the doctors told them to go outside because
they (the doctors) needed to see about my daugh-
"And then they came to explain to me that
my daughter had to go to the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU)," Irene recounted.
She said sometime on Monday afternoon doc-
tors told her her daughter had fluid in her lungs
and also "probably clot blood.
"On Monday night the heart gave up and they
resuscitate her and then the heart gave up again
and then they resuscitated her again and then
she died," Irene said.
Hinds passed away shortly after 7 pm.
On whether the hospital could have done more
to save her daughter's life, Irene said there were
too many unanswered questions, adding this
reflected a wider problem of too many deaths
arising out of C-sections.
She said her daughter's operation was sched-
uled because she had the same surgery for her
"She had to go in the hospital for 8 on Sunday
and the C-section was 6 am on Monday and
by 1.20 pm they didn't do it yet and they had
my daughter waiting in the corridor... I don't
feel that is a normal thing," Irene added.
But Irene is not asking for justice, only closure
and a better health system.
"I am not asking for anything. My daughter
died... she has two children... a girl and a baby
boy... and now I have to take care of them.
"Every time I watch news somebody who had
a C-section... and the baby get cut or the mother
died... I just cannot be satisfied. I just cannot
understand the urgency in having a C-section.
"I cannot see how the nurse could tell me that
my daughter coughing blood in a cup is nor-
Hugging her granddaughter, she said the child
was happy her mother was with God.
"We told her that God wanted her mummy
and that is the reason why he took her. She
knows her mummy loves her, so she is doing
well for now," Irene said.
Hinds is expected to be laid to rest on Friday.
Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, who
visited the family yesterday, said he was looking
at setting up a special unit to deal specifically
with maternal and infant mortality.
In expressing his condolences, Deyalsingh said
he could not make any pronouncements, includ-
ing whether hospital staff was culpable, as he
was awaiting a final report which was due within
He said once the final report was delivered
the ministry would then conduct its own inves-
tigation, ensuring that international guidelines
Mom dies after birth of 2nd child
LIFE FOR GUN CRIMES
The child's grandmother said she would forgive his killer
but called on them to put down their guns, a sentiment
echoed by another villager, George "Royalty International"
"I think it was an accidental shooting and I forgive them
but I can't forget. I will like to see them put down their
guns. Please, you don't know how you have people crying.
Is when it reach home, then you does know," Layne said as
she wiped away tears, comforted by her daughter
An upset Jackman added: "I think they should give you
life whenever they hold you with an illegal gun because
that is what taking lives.
"If they don't want to hang people, they have to make
stiffer penalties because nobody value life anymore, is
better we live like dog. I am 50 years old and this youth
get gun down... is unfair."
Layne, 95, said: "When I was young I never had to go
through this and now that I reach this stage I have to go
through this? I want the shooters to put back life in him,
that is what I want."
The matriarchal backbone of the family said she had
begged her daughter, Lucille, to keep Charles at their
Gonzales home instead of having him live with his mother
in south Trinidad.
Lucille later brought a plaque Charles received for
assisting in cleaning up a clogged toilet at his primary
school, Escallier Primary, last year. The plaque thanked
Charles for cleaning the toilet which the family said was
clogged by another student.
The willingness to help was also a trait Charles
exhibited at home, his family said. His relatives said
Charles was eager to attend school yesterday, as he was
looking forward to completing a school project.
On Monday night Charles said he needed brown cotton
to complete the project, which his aunt bought yesterday
along with three additional notebooks. The relatives said
his father had told him he saw potential in him after
witnessing his zeal towards his schooling.
Charles' killing took the murder toll to 301, two more for
the same period last year. An autopsy will be done on the
child today at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.
Warring Belmont gangs in shootout...
Student caught, slain in crossfire
Yakini Charles' grandmother, Lucille Lanye, right, and great grandmother, Lanthe, at their Belmont
home yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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