Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 4th 2016 Contents Richards was found by his mother bleeding from
gunshot wounds at their doorsteps on Sunday.
The murders have left residents, who believe
the two shootings could be linked to a turf war,
fearful for their lives.
Police reports said two gunmen accosted John
shortly after 11 pm.
John's father, Kelvin Ramcharan, 57, who lives
close by said he heard about 12 shots.
In an interview yesterday, Ramcharan said: "He
(John) now bath and gone inside. He hear the door
kick and he come out the bedroom and they offload
shots in he.
"I hear it was three men. I now done bathe and
change meh clothes and I sit down eating. I hear
about 12 shots. I came outside and I see his wife
running coming. She was crying and bawling."
She left the baby inside the house and came for
help, he added.
When he got to the house, Ramcharan said he
saw John lying on his stomach. "They did not ask
him nothing they just buss it on him," said Ram-
Babwah grabbed the baby who was asleep on
the bed just five feet away from the living room.
"The mother tell me when he (John) come out and
she hear the gunshot she gone behind the wardrobe
with the baby," said the father.
Babwah's two-year-old son who also lives with
them was by his grandmother at the time of the
shooting. Ramcharan did not know Babwah's where-
abouts since she left with the police after the shoot-
ing.John also has two other children---a nine-year-
old boy and eight-year-old girl ---from a previous
Admitting his son had a criminal past and pre-
viously sold drugs, Ramcharan said he did not know
whether he was still involved in illegal activities.
Ramcharan did not share a close relationship
with his son but he said he did not deserve the way
he met his death.
He said John was also charged for being involved
with Babwah because she was a minor. In November
2014 John claimed he was kidnapped and taken to
Venezuela when he appeared in the San Fernando
Magistrates' Court for missing his court date, burning
Babwah's clothes and assaulting three police officers.
Concerned about the crime situation, Ramcharan
asked: "A killing Sunday and Monday. Who next?
Also expressing his concern, another resident
said: "We believe is the same people who do the
shooting Sunday do this. Somebody wants to control
the scene. The man (John) was just trying to sur-
John's sister-in-law, Shadah John, called for fre-
quent police patrols in the area.
She claimed the police only patrol one area of
the community. An autopsy said John was shot
seven times. San Fernando police are investigating.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
JENSEN LA VENDE
A 19-year-old cashier was
shot dead on Monday night
as gunmen opened fire on two
men killing her as she went
to throw garbage outside her
home in San Juan.
According to police, around
9 pm police were alerted to
gunshots on Bagatelle Road,
San Juan. When they arrived
they found Karin Grant dead
along with a man who
remained unidentified up to
A third man was shot in the
leg and is warded in a stable
condition at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex.
Police believe one or both
men were the gunmen's target
and suspect the shooting may
be in retaliation to a shooting
in Laventille Road last week.
Police said the unidentified
dead man was sitting on a
staircase peeling oranges when
he was ambushed.
While the gunmen pounced
on him, Grant was walking
nearby and was shot. The sec-
ond man escaped as the gun-
men, with an automatic
weapon, opened fire indiscrim-
Speaking with the media
yesterday at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James, Grant's
older brother, Kimroy, said
Grant's mother, who is hospi-
talised for a heart condition,
had to be sedated after hearing
her daughter was killed.
"She used to like to be in all
the activities... camping, hiking
and those kind of things. She
liked to do sports and thing.
She was never in gang or any-
"She was a person who was
always home," Kimroy said,
adding his sister worked at as
a cashier at a company in the
Fernandes Compound, Laven-
The dead woman studied to
become a mason with the
Multi-Sector Skills Training
Kimroy added his family had
constantly asked their landlord
to secure the property as the
area was open, causing men
of ill-repute to assemble there
as it was a great vantage point.
He said: "The thing is we
renting up there and the land-
lord has a no trespassing sign
but we can't tell them that and
they don't take that on. Them
men have sure firepower.
"We talked to the landlord
because people get rob, tenants
get order to move out because
a man put up security cameras
and they shoot up the place.
"This girl was just in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
Normally she would just come
out on the step and talk to her
friends and then go back inside.
"She's not no bad person,"
Kimroy said, adding that his
sister, the youngest of four chil-
dren and only girl, was a "nor-
mal teenager" who just started
to live her life.
"I only scrubbing blood
whole day off the wall. Some
of it not even her own. She
used to take care of my six-
year-old nephew and he keeps
telling me last night that Karin
"I don't even know if he
knows what that means. He
used to be with her all the time,
when she go and sleep, he does
go to. She used to take care of
him like a mother," Kimroy
The carpenter added now
his cries for safety measures
to be put in place have fallen
on deaf ears by the landlord
and his sister being killed at
her home, his only option now
was to move out.
"Moving out is an option,
knowing the area always hot.
I working across the road from
my home but this not making
sense. No one want to live in
the area or go in that room
(where Karin slept)," he added.
Seventeen-year-old Amy Babwah grabbed her sleep-
ing baby and hid behind a wardrobe as gunmen
pumped multiple bullets into her husband s body after
storming their Marabella home on Monday night.
The teenage mom and her seven-month-old baby
girl escaped injury but her 35-year-old husband, Selwyn
John, died in the living room of their Bayshore home.
John was killed one day after his neighbour, Dixon
Richards, 22, who lived a few houses away from him,
was shot dead in front his home.
After three failed attempts, two
autopsies and a court battle over
the body, fired Centrin worker
David Francis, who was found
hanging at his Couva home two
weeks ago, will finally be laid to
His common-law wife, Chan-
drawatie Nanlal, said the service
would take place at the family's
home at Carli Bay at 9.30 am fol-
lowing which his body would be
cremated at the Waterloo crema-
tion site according to Hindu rites.
As she made preparations to
say final farewell to her partner
of 19 years Nanlal advised women
who were involved in common-
law relationships to use her as an
example and put their houses in
order before it was too late.
Especially to women who are
in a relationship with married
men, Nanlal, advised: "Make sure
he get a divorce."
Although Francis was in a rela-
tionship with Nanlal he never
divorced his married wife, Donna
Francis, from whom he was sep-
arated for 19 years.
Nanlal, already dealing with
the loss of her partner had to
endure a court battle mounted by
Donna and his relatives to claim
Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh,
sitting in the San Fernando High
Court on Monday, discharged the
injunction and awarded Nanlal
the authority to proceed with
funeral rites. He also instructed
the warring "wives" to give him
a dignified send-off.
"I hope that everybody in the
country see what went on with
me. All women who living in
common-law relationships, espe-
cially those who are living with
someone who is married, let that
man get a divorce because this is
a terrible situation I was in," she
said in a telephone interview yes-
"They tried to sink me," she
said of the allegations that her
husband was murdered, hence a
"I am so sorry this had to hap-
pen to David. My husband suffered
so much. If his relatives had loved
him, they would not have put him
and us thorough this," she added.
Nanlal said she would do her
best to ensure a peaceful atmos-
phere for the funeral. However,
she said she would request a
police presence in the event it was
"I want the funeral to be peace-
ful. I want everything to be good.
He worked hard and left me in
comfort. I want to do the best for
he gets a
Cashier shot dead
in San Juan gunfire
Killed while throwing out garbage
Man killed in front his wife and baby
Kelvin Ramcharan, father of Selwyn John,
speaks in an interview yesterday after his son
was murdered on Monday in his home at
Bayshore, Marabella. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Kimroy Grant, whose 19-
year-old sister was shot
dead on Monday night.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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