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The family of 20-year-old man
who was shot dead in the Cleaver
Woods Recreation Park in D Abadie
on Sunday night claim he was exe-
cuted by his friends.
They made the claim while speaking
with reporters shortly after the body
of Tyhquina Jack, of Reid Lane, Mau-
sica Lands, D Abadie, was found
slumped on a park bench yesterday.
"He would have never come here
alone in the night. Somebody he
knows drag him here and kill him.
They really say friends does carry you
but don t bring you back," an emo-
tional female relative, who asked not
to be named, said.
According to reports, Jack left home
around 7 pm on Sunday to go and
lime with friends.
He did not return home and did
not answer several calls to his cell-
phone, his relatives said. His body
was found around 9 pm by a main-
tenance worker at the facility, who
Crime scene investigators who
processed the scene believed Jack
was shot behind the head while talk-
ing to someone in front of him. A
post-mortem will be performed on
his body at the Forensic Science Cen-
tre, St James, today.
Describing Jack as loving, kind and
gentle, his relatives claimed they could
think of no reason for his execution.
"People does think as you get shoot
is because you in a gang but my broth-
er never shoot or rob anybody. He
was real peaceful," a woman, who only
identified herself as his sister, said.
However, male relatives on the scene
swore to take vengeance on Jack s
"Don t worry boy, I swear on my
child I will send them to you. Their
family go feel the pain we feeling right
now," one man screamed as Jack s
body was being loaded into a hearse
Police were yet to determine a
motive for his murder up to late yes-
Detectives of the Region Two
Homicide Bureau of Investigations are
JENSEN LA VENDE
For living on the wrong side of
the road, a Laventille teenager was
shot dead in the ongoing gang war-
fare between the Muslim and Rasta
According to relatives, Raheem
Martin, 17, was attacked by gunmen
just because he lived on the "Mus-
lim" side of the divide.
Relatives who spoke with the
media yesterday at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James, said the teen
was on his way to his girlfriend s
house around 4 pm on Sunday when
he was ambushed and killed. His
killers, they said, were from just
across the street on the Rasta City
side of Plaisance Terrace, Laventille.
Residents told police they heard
gunshots and later found the teen
dead. Police said as far as they were
aware, Martin was not involved in
any criminal activity. Police believed
the gunmen opened fire indiscrim-
inately and Martin was killed in the
Martin s mother, Shirley-Ann
Martin, blames the police for her
son s death.
The mother of five said the police
officers who were stationed in the
area left without being relieved by
other officers and during that
unguarded moment, the gunmen
"Yes I blame the police because
they leave their post unmanned and
people dying as a result. If you have
people who assigned to a post, then
why you not staying there until
someone come and relieve you?
"This is the second time that they
leave and they shoot at someone.
Saturday and Sunday they leave their
post unmanned and we had shoot-
ings," Martin said.
In response, head of the Port-of-
Spain Division, Snr Supt Johnny
Abraham, said the report was a seri-
ous one and he intended to inves-
Martin recalled a time when the
area where she grew up was peaceful
and lamented at the state it had
reached where residents could not
Another relative said someone had
threatened residents, saying he had
a rifle and a scope and warned people
not to walk in open areas. Asked for
a solution to the killings in the area
Martin said to gather all the thugs
and let them loose in an area for
them to kill each other, while the
innocent are allowed to roam free.
"That s the only way it will end
because look at my 17-year-old what
he do them? It s only black people
children getting killed. I had to take
my child out of school because he
was going Morvant/Laventille and
at the time they was warring John
"About three weeks ago my other
son, Malick, was stabbed in the head
while in town for the same thing.
My children can t go nowhere, they
can t go in town and they can t stay
home," Martin said.
She added that she had been
awaiting relocation from the area for
over ten years but have not been
successful in her attempts.
The murder toll now stands at 388
for the year, eight more than the
corresponding period last year.
Guyanese national Deokaran
Sewkaran, 35, who was robbed, stabbed
and set on fire by thieves on November
29 in Waterloo succumbed to his injuries
on Saturday at the San Fernando General
According to a police report, at about
4.30 am Sewkaran, initially from New
Amsterdam, Guyana, was at Down Home
bar, Waterloo Road, Carapichaima, liming
when he went to the washroom. It is alleged
that he was accosted by two men and
robbed. The men then allegedly stabbed
Sewkaran twice in the abdomen. He ran
out of the bar and was pursued by his
The men then doused Sewkaran with
a flammable substance and lit him on fire.
He was assisted by patrons of the bar
and taken to the Couva Hospital where he
was transferred to the San Fernando Gen-
eral Hospital and warded in a critical con-
dition since then.
On Saturday at about 7 pm, Sewkaran,
who received 90 per cent burns to his
body, succumbed to his injuries.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, his brother, Dhanraj, 20, said he
and his brother, who is fondly called Shar-
ma, came to Trinidad three months ago
on vacation and had plans to return to
"He has two children. His wife is in the
country now and my mother is planning
to come to Trinidad to see what we can
do now. How we can make the money to
take his body back home or what we will
do," Dhanraj said.
Dhanraj, who described his elder brother
as a quiet and good boy, questioned why
he had to die that way.
"We came together and should have
been going back home together. I want
justice for my brother and hope that I get
this from the police officers," Dhanraj said.
Officers at the Freeport Police Station
is now treating Sewkaran s death as a mur-
der and are continuing investigations into
Innocent teen killed in gangland shooting
Man murdered at
Cleaver Woods Deokaran Sewkaran
Relatives of Tyhquina Jack at the scene of his murder in Cleaver Woods
Recreation Park, Arima, yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Murder victim Tyhquina Jack
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