Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 6th 2016 Contents YVONNE WEBB
As if the pain of losing her son
to the gun was not enough, the
mother of a La Romaine teen says
it s unbearable everyday to see
her son s killer walking free in
"Why is my son s killer still
roaming free?" she asked.
Dionne Thomas came to the
T&T Guardian s South Bureau
seeking answers but police officers
investigating the case would only
say that investigations were con-
Her son, Mickel Thomas, 19, was
shot to death on July 16, while rid-
ing his bicycle along Charles Street,
Thomas said information as well
as a photograph of the alleged killer
had been passed on to the police.
She said 999 calls were made
to the police on different occasions
when the suspect was seen liming
in the area but all her information
has been ignored.
"The police is saying they need
a witness to come forward before
they could arrest or charge but they
have not even called the alleged
shooter in to assist them in their
inquiries or even the man who
ordered the hit. People are afraid
to come forward.
"I am still in shock. I cannot
function. I raised Mickey without
a father. I did not know I was grow-
ing him up to be taken from me
at age 19. He was a good person.
He was no gangster. I cannot
say that he was not involved in
the drug dealing because he used
to lime with people who were sell-
ing but he did not deserve to die
like that. Over what, small talk.
I want justice for my son and I
will not be able to rest until I get
it," she said.
Thomas killing sparked a series
of shooting incidents, which has
left Stephon Gonzales, Gary Mc
Laren and Wendell Mose injured
and nine-year-old Cyon Paul dead.
Paul was killed by a stray bullet
and news of his death prompted
statements from both Prime Min-
ister Keith Rowley and Opposition
Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The Police Service also moved
to restore some order in the com-
munity and recently installed a
mobile police post in the district.
Mose has undergone four sur-
geries to date and doctors at the
San Fernando General Hospital
are waiting for him to
get a bit stronger before
performing a fifth.
Police said they are con-
tinuing their investiga-
tions to find out
whether all of those
incidents were related.
Labour Day celebrations in New
York turned deadly for one Trinida-
dian family yesterday.
T&T national Tyreke Borel, 17, who
has been living in New York for the
past four years, was gunned down dur-
ing J Ouvert celebrations along the West
Indian Day Parade route in Brooklyn,
according to reports in the New York
He was the oldest of three children
for his mother Alima St Clair.
And while his body is yet to be
released by the city medical examiner,
his distraught mother said upon release,
it will be brought back to Trinidad for
St Clair told the NY Daily News she
had cautioned her son to stay at home
during the J Ouvert but he insisted on
joining the revelry where he was shot
"He was just a lovely child who want-
ed to enjoy the Labour Day. I told him
to be safe but he s 17. He didn t want
to stay home," St Clair said.
She said police told her Borel was
sitting on a bench alone at Flatbush
Boulevard around 3.45 am when he was
shot. Police believe he was not the
A 72-year-old was also wounded in
the crossfire, cops said.
"I just want my Tyreke," St Clair
said, leaning her head against a wall
"I m just trying to sort out every-
Borel s Facebook page was flooded
with condolences from many of his
classmates at Boys and Girls High
He was one of two people shot dead
and five others injured from two other
shooting and stabbing incidents. St
John s University student Tiarah Poyau,
22, was the other victim.
Police sources are quoted as saying
she was shot at close range above her
right eye while at Franklin Avenue and
Empire Boulevard where she was enjoy-
ing the overnight celebration with three
friends around 4.15 a.m. Borel was shot
in the chest.
Two people were injured when a
motorcycle they were on was hit by a
woman was shot in her
arms and hands. A 23-
year-old woman was
stabbed in the lower
back at Ocean Avenue
and Empire Boulevard
shortly before 4.20 am.
Another person was
taken to Methodist Hos-
pital in serious condition
after being stabbed in
the neck at Eastern
Parkway and Classon
Avenue around 5.30 am.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Trini killed in
Crime scene investigators with the New York Police Department at the scene
where multiple people, including T&T national Tyreke Borel (inset) were killed
and others injured in a shooting during J'Ouvert festivities yesterday in the
Brooklyn borough of New York. AP PHOTO
Mom pleads with police:
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