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Trust God. These two simple words
are all one relative of Tiba "Moppy"
Thomas had for the men who killed
Thomas and his friend in Gonzales,
Thomas was called out of his house by
neighbour Trevor Wilson, before both men
were killed by their attackers around 4 am
According to police reports, Wilson was
at his Olton Road, Gonzales home when
masked gunmen grabbed him and forced
him up some nearby stairs to Thomas'
house and made him call out to his neigh-
bour. When Thomas responded he saw the
gunmen and attempted to close the door and
run, but the men pushed it open and killed
him. They then killed Wilson.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Thom-
as' relatives said he was a security guard
and the only issue he had with the law was
a few years ago when he was shot by police.
"What I would tell them out here is trust
God. You have to know when people call-
ing you out. This killing is ah set a coward
killing, because them bringing people from
outside from the area to do that," one rel-
ative who did not want to be named said
following his autopsy.
Relatives said the 36-year-old father of
three was not really friends with Wilson but
knew him from the area. Wilsonmoved into
the area about four years ago to live with his
father and was originally from Carenage.
The 25-year-old did tiling and is believed to
have been targeted by the gunmen because
he is trusted in the area, as he was not known
to be involved in criminal activity.
Relatives of Wilson were also at the FSC
but refused to comment on his killing except
to say they were immensely saddened by
Police have labelled the double killing as
gang-related, adding that Thomas was the
target of the gunmen.
In March last year, gang activity in the
area claimed the life of 21-year-old Kyle
Williams, who police said then was targeted
twice before he was murdered. His killing
came months after the 2015 slaying of Yakini
Charles, 12, who was shot on his way home
from school on September 15.
When the T&T Guardian visited the
area yesterday there was little activity on
the narrow streets of Gonzales. Those who
spoke claimed they were not from the area
and could not comment while others point-
ed the T&T Guardian to the homes of the
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The Ummah T&T Muslim Lobby Group is call-
ing on the Airports Authority of T&T (AATT) to
urgently make arrangements to have a special
room prepared for prayer for the Hajj pilgrims
and their respective families at the Piarco In-
According to the group's general secretary Imtiaz
Mohammed, because of the ongoing repairs of the
airport's atrium, it has become impossible to facili-
tate the large crowds accompanying the pilgrims to
bid their family members goodbye and make final
supplications before their departure.
Based on the Islamic calendar, Muslim pilgrims are
currently leaving to travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Five Hajj groups have been authorised by the Gov-
ernment of Saudi Arabia to take pilgrims to the Sa-
cred Land, where they will perform one of the most
important obligations of the religion lasting three
weeks to a month.
"Ummah T&T believes that the current ad hoc ar-
rangements, where the departing Muslims are forced
to jostle with other travellers and perform their rites
of departure in an undignified manner, is unbefitting
and possibly infringes on the constitutional right of
Muslims to practice their religion," Mohammed said.
"Indeed, it is incumbent on the Airports Authority
to make contingency plans to ensure that the several
hundreds of pilgrims who pay up to $60,000 each to
make the trip are allowed to depart in comfort, and
with a peace of mind which will not detract from the
serenity and tranquillity required for the once-in-
Mohammed is suggesting that an open area to the
east of the departure lounge be immediately made
available "specifically for the Muslim community
to fulfil the religious rites before departure for the
holiest site in Islam."
He also said additional car parking spaces are also
needed in such a time as this.
In a release yesterday, however, the AATT said
they only received a request to film the departure
of pilgrims journeying to Mecca for the annual Hajj
"This request was approved by the authority. No
other requests were made to the authority. It is to
be noted that the authority customarily approves
requests for use of its facilities by various religious
and cultural groups," the AATT said.
It added that it has been in contact with the group
who made the request for filming and added that
the group expressed satisfaction with the approv-
als granted. The authority also noted that there is a
non-denominational prayer room outfitted at the
airport, "which can be accessed by all airport users
and which affords all persons the opportunity to re-
flect in a peaceful and private environment."
Gonzales man, friend slain in 'ambush'
Darrel 'Ernie' Mansingh was known
for his bright smiles and peaceful na-
ture. It may have been the latter that
cost the 19-year-old his life after he
attempted to 'smooth' over a fight at a
Felicity bar last Friday and later asked
one of the fighting parties for a ride, his
paternal grandmother, Dularie Mans-
ingh, suggested yesterday.
Darrel was reported missing on Saturday
when he failed to return to his Chase Village
home. He had told his mother, Farisha Ali,
via phone around 2 am on Saturday, that
he was leaving Club Kokonuts in Felicity
to come home but was never seen again.
Yesterday, his decomposing body was found
wrapped in a sheet along Connector Road,
Felicity. The body was later taken to the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an
Speaking to the T&T Guardian at her
Bhola Trace, Chase Village home yesterday,
hours after her grandson's body was found,
Dularie said one of the people involved in the
fight had visited their home Monday night.
"A girl came here last night (Monday)
and said she was by the bar when Ernie
was there," Dularie said.
"She say she and her friends get in a fight
with a group of four boys and another girl
outside the bar they were liming in. She said
Ernie told the guys that she was his family
and they should done the fight."
She added, "When everything was done
he asked the guys for a ride out of the area
and the guys agree. When all of them sit
in the car, the girl say she and her friends
started busting the glass on the car and
Dularie said the girl told them there were
four young men, including the driver and
one woman, in the car.
"He was sitting in the front seat and an-
other fella was squeeze up next to him. She
say when they start to beat up the car, the
fella drive away with Ernie still in the car."
But Ernie never made it home.
Farisha Ali was present but unable to
speak and had to be placed in a chair by
relatives. She cried non-stop as the story
of her son's death was told.
His family passed the information given
to them by the girl on to the police and a
young man was taken into custody yes-
terday morning. He led police to the body
around 11 am.
"My sons had gone looking all over Fe-
licity for him, but I was telling them to go
through the Connector Road and check,"
"That is the only place they didn't look
and that is where they end up finding him."
Dularie said officers at the Chaguanas
Police Station should have done more to
find her grandson.
"It was like they wasn't doing anything,
it is the family that find out about the fight
and tell them and even after that they still
wait until Farisha called and start to get on
to go looking for his body. We didn't have
to go through all of this wait if they was
doing their work properly."
The only thing Farisha said was, "He
didn't deserve to die like that."
Farisha was not allowed to see his body on
the scene yesterday and his sister, Sarah Ali,
said their mother collapsed several times.
Farisha Ali, left, is consoled by her sister Sarah after she learned of the discovery of her
son (INSET) Darel Mansingh's body yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Muslims off to
Days after breaking up fight at bar
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