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Relatives of Dale "Chappy" Mc Intyre, who
was shot dead inside the Moruga Forest on
Monday night, say there are too many holes in
the story surrounding his death.
It was only around 7 pm on Tuesday night
that undertakers removed Mc Intyre's body from
At her home yesterday, Mc Intyre's sister, Jude
Mc Intyre-Paul, said there were many questions
yet to be answered but was confident her family
would get the truth.
Police reported that Mc Intyre, 39, of Edward
Trace, went to hunt with his friends --- Ramesh
Balkie and Glenroy Mollineau --- on Sunday after-
noon and on reaching the start of a trail the men
went off in separate directions.
Around 9 pm Monday, one of the hunters
heard a loud explosion and hours later found Mc
Intyre on the ground with a gunshot wound to
On Tuesday morning, the men went back to
the village and called the police.
Princes Town and Barrackpore police, led by
ASP Rohan Pardasie and Insp Joey Samaroo,
journeyed approximately five miles into the dense-
ly forested area off Edward Trace, Basseterre.
After an hour's walk, the officers found Mc
Intyre on the ground, several hundred metres
away from the camp.
While police suspect he may have set off a
trap gun, Mc Intyre-Paul said trap guns did not
usually shoot people in their heads.
Besides that, she said trap guns in that region
were usually set deeper in the forest in a place
called "The Cocoa".
Based on a conversation they had with one of
the hunters, she said Mc Intyre was found dead
in a hammock with bullet wounds to his head
However, she believes he could have been acci-
dentally shot by a hunter as the area is frequented
by hunters from around the country during the
She said: "I believe it was accidental but it
have real holes in the story. Up to now police
have not spoken to us but we will find out what
"The basic theory we are working with and
with how the hunters explained, when you have
on headlights, it can be mistaken for an animal's
eye and maybe someone saw the light from a
They all had on headlights because it was night
and some headlights have different hues.
"One of the men he was hunting with told us
that they caught a lappe and brought it back to
the camp. He told them he saw a spot by a balata
tree and he left them and went back there that
"They said after they heard the gunshot and
he did not return, they called his phone but he
left it at the camp. Out there your phone is a
She said usually when hunters saw an animal
they made a sound to let others know that they
JENSEN LA VENDE
The two bodies found in a forested area
in St Augustine on Tuesday evening were
identified yesterday as teenage schoolboys
Stephan Singh and Daniel Halls.
In a week in which the national conver-
sation was on troublesome students, par-
ticularly teenaged boys and their links to
school violence and gangs, how the two came
to be target of killers yesterday once again
drove home just how real a concern it is.
At least one of the victim's relatives
expressed little shock at their untimely demise
so early in their lives.
According to police reports, around 4.40
pm Tuesday, residents of St John's Road
heard gunshots and alerted the police.
Officers responded and found the bodies
of Singh, 17 and Halls, 16. Police said they
were told that the teens were seen as part
of a group of five entering the bushes and
after the shooting only the two deceased
were found. Singh, a student of Trinity East
College, had an empty revolver on him.
Police said they had not ruled out the pos-
sibility that the other three people who
entered the bush with them were suspects
but they were still searching the area yesterday
for them as possible victims of a crime.
But police said they believed the teens had
gone to either purchase drugs or to steal
from someone's marijuana garden when they
were ambushed and killed. Police also spec-
ulated that the two boys may have been set
up to be killed by the other three missing
In speaking about her son yesterday, Halls'
mother, Joy, referred to the Old Testament
admonition handed down to the Jews by
God for children to obey their parents lest
their lives be shortened.
Halls quoted from the scripture: "Honour
your father and your mother so that you
may live long in the land the Lord your God
is giving you", taken from the book of Exodus,
as she spoke to the media yesterday at her
home at Bamboo Trace, Upper Fairly Street,
"There is a penalty for disobedience and
scripture tells when you disobey your parents
you will not live long. I did the best I could
do and this is the way God chose for him
to go," Halls said, adding that the only advice
she could offer was for parents and children
alike to walk in obedience.
Halls said her son, who wanted to be a
police officer, recently began associating
himself with "bad influences" and was not
listening to her whenever she told him to
stay away from them. Halls said when she
learned her second son was killed she was
not surprised at all because of the life she
saw he was living.
"I was not surprised at all because he was
a disobedient child. Being around in the
neighbourhood you will hear stuff and then
he was not coming home. He was not rude
but he was disobedient," Halls said, adding
that her son, a fourth former at Aranguez
North, never spoke much.
About a half-an-hour drive away at Ram-
goolie Street, Curepe, Singh's godmother,
Shalimar Gibson, said her godchild was like
Saying she last saw him the day before
he was murdered, Gibson said Singh was
nicknamed "Puppy" by relatives because his
father was nicknamed "Doggy". She said the
last time she saw him she heard his friends
call him "Monster", but said she rebuked
them from doing so in her presence.
Gibson said the Fourth Form student want-
ed to be a footballer and was a very good
striker. Another relative said the teen also
once played for local football club San Juan
"He was just jolly, always laughing and
giggling. I don't know what he used to do
with friends. I'm not with him 24/7 but
when he in this house it was a level of respect
he showed," Gibson said.
Gibson added that on Tuesday she dreamt
of her godchild and when she heard of two
people being killed she instinctively knew it
was him but hoped it wasn't.
"This was a shock because I dreamt him
last night and I kinda knew he was gonna
go but didn't know he was gonna go that
time. The dream was a funny one from what
I remember," Gibson said.
She said Singh lived in Cunupia with his
mother but would regularly visit her, and
was due to visit his school this week after
he was suspended for having his cellphone
"Don't let negative people follow you and
don't follow negative people. Have your own
head and don't let other people think for
you. The same bad man who putting gun
in allyuh hand and have allyuh killing each
other while them old bad man home rock
back," Gibson advised youths who may be
inclined to follow bad company.
Gibson said Singh had also recently joined
the Muslim faith and believed his killing may
have been gang-related. Halls' mother also
confirmed he had recently joined the Muslim
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Derek West, principal
at Trinity East, described Singh as an average
student. West added that there was coun-
selling provided for the students who knew
him yesterday and they had also sought
assistance from the Ministry of Education
for guidance officers.
"We are working on the healing process
for our boys now," West said.
Attempts to contact teachers at Aranguez
North were unsuccessful as all calls went
Relatives of teen victims admit negative paths
Manhunt for three others
Hunter found with
bullet in the head
is attached to
Patrol Unit and
based in La
test to Ian
during a mid-
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