Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 26th 2016 Contents and academics. Richards loved football and
was described as an excellent player. Sport
was assisting in keeping them on the straight
There are stark messages for the law abid-
ing citizens, not only of Laventille, but the
rest of T&T.
Trinidad and Tobago has been in denial
for a while now, but even as the society
recoils in outrage, we must be reminded
this is not a Laventille problem or a
black/afro Trinbago problem, this is a T&T
For while we train our sights and guns
on the foot soldiers in the so-called hot spot
communities, the white collar criminals
continue to operate under the radar enabling
and empowering crime.
The bright future of the youth of the
nation is also facing great danger due to
white collar crime. The danger is not only
gangs, guns and drug related criminal activ-
ity.For all the billions of dollars that have
flowed through T&T as a result of oil and
gas, why have we reached this state where
T&T is akin to the wild wild west?
Why are certain areas in our nation killing
fields where to be young, male, bright and
progressive is a death sentence?
Why aren t we allowing the positive role
models in sport, music, art, culture, calypso,
soca and pan to reach out and resonate.
As we focus on hard, necessary and short-
term interventions, remember no one wins
a war no matter how justified.
Interventions that reach the hearts and
minds of the youth of the nation are most
important. Sport matters. Sport can provide
positive role models.
What is the value of billions of oil and
gas dollars if we can t live in peace and peace
Rest in Peace Deneilson Smith and Mark
Richards. May your untimely, brutal and
callous demise not be in vain.
Brian Lewis is president of the T&T
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Schoolmates of murdered Success Laventille Sec-
ondary students Deneilson Smith and Mark
Richards, described as "real madness," the shooting
of both teens shortly after they were pulled out of
a PH taxi along Picton Road, Laventille, last Thurs-
Richards, 15, and Smith, 17, were shot upwards of
25 times collectively, autopsies revealed.
Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds said the killings
taking place in his constituency were all about "rank,
stupidity and borderlines," while Port-of-Spain Mayor
Raymond Tim Kee described Laventille as "Hell on
The joy and insensitive comments of some citizens
on social media in describing two of Laventille s
bright, progressive young men as thugs angered many,
including this writer. Based on credible reports, if
nothing else, Deneilson and Mark were striving to
stay out of gangs and
a life of crime---some-
thing that may very
well have cost them
I grew up in Bel-
mont and was involved
with sport in Morvant,
Harvard Club and the
TTOC. I know there
are untold decent
young men and
women born and
raised in poor, under-
privileged and working
class communities who
have made an invaluable and positive contribution
The lives of these two young men were snuffed
out in such a callous manner by gunmen, probably
not much older than their victims, who after the
shooting, were allegedly seen and heard to heartlessly
laugh and boast: "We get two of them." Reporters
were allegedly told of a phrase, "five for five", which
meant at least five bullets for both teens.
Reports indicate that Smith was an excellent crick-
eter and coached during vacation where he would
teach others during camp. He was the recipient of
several trophies, awards and certificates for sports
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