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The mother of a six-year-old boy who
was shot dead during New Year s Day cel-
ebrations in Beetham Gardens, Port-of-
Spain, yesterday lashed out social media
critics after photos with her son wearing
gold jewelery began circulating.
His mother, Kedesha Ramnath, spoke to
the media yesterday outside the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, where an autopsy
was done on the body of her son Jodal Ram-
Jodal, a First Year pupil at the Eastern
Boys Primary School, Port-of Spain, was
shot dead after unknown gunmen used the
cover of New Year s fireworks to shoot indis-
criminately in Beetham Gardens.
The incident occurred shortly after 12.10
am. Jodal and 68-year-old Alvina Warner,
were shot in what police described as "happy
gunfire" during the celebrations.
Kedesha said there were too many neg-
ative comments surrounding her son and
urged the public to stop judging him.
"First of all, there are many other pictures
with my son dressed in normal clothes and
church clothes but yet still the photos with
him dressed up all in gold had to go out to
the public and members of the public just
had to speak out on it.
"My child just like to look nice and he
loved to wear all of our jewelery and would
often ask us to take photos of him with it
on so I do not know what the big deal is,"
She said all the pieces of jewelery seen
in the photos were purchased and that every
member of the family still had their respec-
"I work hard to see about my child and
he should not be judged in any way negative.
People do not know my child. He just loved
to look nice," she said.
Jodal s grandmother, who wished not to
give her name, told the T&T Guardian peo-
ple should respect the family s time of
mourning because it was the loss of an
innocent child with which they had to deal.
"It is hard for everyone and while we are
trying not to take on what people are saying
we just want people to stop talking and if
they want to talk, talk about the issues of
life," she added.
The woman said a team of social workers
visited Jodal s school yesterday to begin
counseling sessions with the principal, teach-
ers and pupils.
"They keep calling me on the phone.
They are very distraught about the situation
and although Jodal was just about to start
his second term in his First Year at the
school he was well known by all, even the
"He was a very lovable child and looked
out for his school friends and teachers. He
was the kindest little boy anyone could have
ever met," the grandmother said.
Investigations are still ongoing into the
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A Fyzabad man suspected to be involved in last
week s murder of Victor Welch, which took place
in the same district, was himself gunned down
while sleeping with his girlfriend yesterday.
David Richards, 27, who was questioned by police
for several murders and robberies in Moruga and
southwest Trinidad between June and September
last year, was pronounced dead on arrival at the
Princes Town District Health Facility.
Reports stated that Richards, 27, of John Jules
Trace, Fyzabad, was asleep at his 25-year-old girl-
friend Tony Julien s home at Figarie Trace, Basse
Terre, Moruga, when he was shot.
Around 12.10 am, a masked gunman kicked open
the door to their room and opened fire on the couple
who were lying in a bed. Richards was hit multiple
times on his upper body while Julien was struck
on her left forearm.
Moruga police responded to the shooting and
took Richards to the health facility. Julien was taken
to the health facility by relatives and underwent
Investigating officers, led by ASP Pardasie, Insp
Ramnarine and homicide detectives Lewis and
Lutchman, processed the scene and interviewed
witnesses. A search was also made for the suspect
but no one was arrested up to yesterday afternoon.
Neighbours said they heard the banging, followed
by several loud explosions. One man said when he
heard the shots he hid under his bed. Relatives
refused to speak when visited yesterday.
Police said Richards was well known to them,
having been held for several robberies and was
involved in organised crime. While no motive was
established for his murder, they believe it was a
result of the life he lived.
On December 30, last year Welch was shot dead
while liming near a village parlour.
Don't judge my son
Kadesha Ramnath, right, leaves the
Forensic Science Centre yesterday after the
autopsy of her son Jodal. PHOTO: RHONDOR
shot dead in bed
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