Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 30th 2016 Contents Members of the Success Lavantille cricket team form a guard of honor for Denilson Smith, after his funeral
service at the Our Lady of Fatima RC Church, Lavantille yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Saturday, January 30, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Archbishop Joseph Harris yesterday urged
the people of Laventille to turn away from
violence. He said it would only exacerbate and
deepen the circle of violence. He also called
on the Government to take seriously the reform
of the education system in this country, in a
bid to turn around the worsening crime sit-
uation, not only in Laventille but other areas
The Archbishop was speaking at the funeral
service of murdered schoolboy, De-Neilson
Smith, who was gunned down along with his
friend, Mark Richards, while they were on their
way home last week Thursday.
"Our response to this atrocity is that parents
must begin to bring up children well. Hard work
never killed anybody. Send your children to
school and ensure that they go. Demand that
they do homework, ensure that they learn to
do something. They are all very gifted. Help
them to discover their gifts, which they can
make a contribution to society," Harris said.
There was a large turnout of mourners at
Smith s funeral. His schoolmates were seen
hugging each other and crying uncontrollably.
One boy was seen holding on to the principal
of Success Laventille Secondary School, Hamida
Baksh. He was inconsolable. Smith was
described as a mentor, captain, friend, colleague
and brother by some of the members of the
school s cricket team.
"Whenever we were going wrong, De-Neil
corrected us. He would always cheer us up. He
will be missed tremendously," a young school
As Smith s coffin was being carried down the
steps of the Our Lady of Laventille Fatima
Shrine, Smith s teammates bid him farewell by
forming a Guard of Honour.
Military patrols not enough
Harris had strong words for the Ministry of
National Security, saying that police and army
patrols were not enough.
He said they had to implement programmes
that would instil discipline among young men
Archbishop Harris asked whether the police
and army couldn t instead run scout troops and
the cadet corps to teach discipline, give a sense
of self-worth and nurture the sense and incli-
nation to do good that our young people have
"Those in charge should take seriously the
need to provide for different learning styles and
attitudes because we will continue to produce
young men and women who are functional illit-
erates and have nothing to do because the system
does not prepare them to make a contribution
to society," Harris said.
He added that he believes that this deepens
an inferiority complex.
"They would have nothing to show that they
are men. They mistake fear for respect so they
carry guns half their size because they believe
that carrying guns and frightening people makes
them men," he added.
Harris said there was dire need to have leaders
in Laventille who will be peacemakers and help
nurture and encourage harmony to flow once
more in Laventille, which was referred to as
the Holy Hill long ago because of the Our Lady
of Laventille shrine that stands in the church s
"Mary, mother of God, would have seen the
unjust and the senseless killing of De-Neil and
Mark at the foot of the shrine of Our Lady of
"How Mary must have wept to see so many
of her children die senselessly in this place ded-
icated in her memory," Harris said.
AND JENSON LAVENDE
As T&T s murder rate continues to
soar, Mayaro police made the gruesome
find of two severely burnt bodies after
a fire yesterday morning.
According to a report, police and fire-
fighters found two bodies among the
rubble, after putting out a fire at a wooden
and galvanised house at Stone Bright
Road, Indian Bay in the early hours.
Police said the burns were so bad that
the men could not be positively identified.
However, information suggests that they
might be the remains of Terrence
Ramoutar, 39 and Henry "Finbar" Joseph,
41, both of Rio Claro. Neighbours said
Ramoutar, who had a young child, recent-
ly moved into the house.
Region II Homicide Bureau detectives
led by Sgt Larry Lodhar visited the scene
and interviewed witnesses who said they
heard screams before looking out to see
three men with headlights walking
through some bushes. However, they
thought at the time that they were
hunters. An eyewitness said he saw a
cutlass wielding man chopping down
the door to the house and later saw one
of the victim run onto the road. However,
the assailant followed and dragged the
man back to the house and set it on fire.
Because the area has no street lighting,
the suspects could not be seen.
Blood was also found on the road lead-
ing up to the house and investigators
believe the men had been chopped before
the house was set on fire. A search was
made around the area for the three men
but patrols didn t find them.
While no motive was given for the
killings, police said they suspect a drug
connection. However, a neighbour said
a close friend of Ramoutar moved out
the village on Thursday morning, leaving
letter behind saying that she will never
The bodies were taken to the Forensic
Science Centre where an autopsy is
expected to be done once they were pos-
itively identified. Speaking yesterday, a
relative of Henry said DNA samples will
have to be taken from family members
to confirm the men s identities.
He said both victims were friends and
always hung out together, but he did not
know why they were killed.
Farewells for second
JENSEN LA VENDE
Police yesterday searched the home
of the 36-year-old man who had holed
out in the ceiling of 51 Degrees night-
club Thursday morning. They found
stolen alcohol believed to be from near-
by Town Restaurant.
Police said they have yet to receive
an inventory from the owners of Town
of what was stolen from the restaurant,
and so far they have been unable to
determine how much of the alcohol they
recovered was indeed stolen stuff.
According to police, the suspect has
ten criminal charges for similar offences,
leading them to believe that he is a career
burglar. When he was arrested he had
cash on him "in the hundreds" of dollars,
believed to have been stolen from the
nightclub. Police believe that it had been
left in the cash register.
The lawmen say that after reviewing
CCTV footage, they know who the other
thieves are. They expect to make an
arrest soon. The man was arrested after
a standoff with police at the Cipriani
Boulevard Building. He was flushed out
after three pepper spray canisters were
thrown into the ceiling where he d been
Police said they were alerted after a
silent alarm was triggered just after 5
am Thursday. They weren t able to arrest
the man for another four hours. His
three accomplices escaped.
Police search home of suspected burglar
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