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Neighbour at boy’s funeral:
Forgive his accused father
A neighbour of eight-year-old Ishmeel
Phillips is calling on his relatives to for-
give his father, who is currently facing
manslaughter charges over his death.
Addressing a small congregation dur-
ing Phillips’ funeral at Simpson’s Me-
morial Funeral Chapel in Laventille
yesterday afternoon, Thaddeus Cara-
ballo encouraged those present not to
judge his father Bert over the incident.
“I could imagine what he is going
through right now. We are not the ones
to judge. Let us not judge one another,
let us love each other the same way Jesus
loves all of us,” Caraballo, whose son is
one day older than Phillips, said.
Phillips’ father, who is paralysed from
waist down and uses a wheelchair, was
not present for the ceremony even
though he was granted $150,000 bail
after appearing in court on Monday.
In his moving speech, which received
applause from the congregation, Car-
aballo also referred to open dislike be-
tween relatives of Phillips’ stepmother
Michelle Smith and those of his biologi-
cal mother Lindyann Alleyne.
Stating that he felt division between
the two parties upon entering the chapel,
Caraballo said: “Hatred only brings evil
things. Even though he was only eight
years old Ishmeel was so loving. I think
we should honour him by loving one an-
Caraballo’s advice was timely as im-
mediately after the emotional ceremony,
the two groups of relatives had a brief
exchange after Phillips’ sister Ameena
declined to greet her 10 stepbrothers and
sisters, who she saw for the first time at
the funeral. Similar exchanges occurred
as the two groups met at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre in St James for his autopsy
“They don’t want her bothers and sis-
ters to see her. They hiding her,” one of
the relatives screamed.
“Leave her alone. They could come a
next day,” an opposing relative said.
Police officers of the Child Protection
Unit quickly quelled the dispute as they
told the relatives to allow the 12-year-old
to grieve and to do the introductions at
a later date.
Caraballo, who is also a police officer,
admitted that he was still traumatised be-
cause he rushed Phillips to hospital after
the incident on February 9.
“It is affecting me because I tried my
very best to save this young man’s life.
From Greenvale to Mount Hope it took
me 10 minutes in my private vehicle,”
Caraballo also called on the relatives
to pray for Phillips’ stepmother Michelle
Smith, who attended the funeral along-
“His stepmother was extremely loving
to them. During this time I prayed for her
because most of us here may not know
how much she loves them,” he said.
The funeral was attended by about two
dozen of siblings’ classmates and teach-
ers from the La Horquetta South Govern-
ment Primary School.
Phillips was then interned at Tuna-
puna Public Cemetery. Phillips was taken
to hospital after being disciplined by his
father over allegedly stealing money at
home. He died while receiving treatment
at hospital. An autopsy performed last
week revealed that he suffered several
blunt force trauma injuries.
Cops probe three
Guayaguayare watchman Mark Chris-
topher was fatally shot a short distance
from his workplace on Tuesday night.
According to a report, around 9 pm,
Christopher, 36, of Newlands, was
walking with a female security officer
along Guayaguayare Road. The woman
left Christopher and he continued
walking towards his workplace at La
Police said Christopher was accosted
by a lone gunman who shot him at
close range. The suspect ran off as
Christopher slumped to the ground.
Residents called the police after ob-
serving Christopher bleeding on the
road. He was pronounced dead on ar-
rival to district health facility.
No motive has been disclosed for the
killing. A party of officers including
Insp Williams, and Sgt Harper of the
Mayaro CID and Eastern Division Task
Force visited the scene. Five spent
shells were retrieved from the crime
A man was killed while in the kitchen
of his home on Tuesday night.
His killer remains a mystery, ac-
cording to police. It was reported that
shortly after 10 pm relatives of Nath-
aniel Russell heard several loud explo-
sions while at their home at Holder
Lane, Bagatelle, Diego Martin.
They later found Russell, 28,
slumped on the kitchen floor bleeding
from gunshot wounds. He was taken
to the St James Medical Centre where
Investigating officers said it is un-
sure as to if Russell’s shooter was in
the house at the time or whether the
shooter shot him while outside the
house. Investigations are continuing.
Wallerfield man ID
killers before dying
Northern Division Police are search-
ing for a group of men from Wallerfield
who allegedly beat a neighbour to
death on Tuesday.
According to reports, around 1 pm
on Tuesday, police officers were on
patrol along Brazil Road, Wallerfield,
when they saw a bleeding man lying at
the side of the road.
The victim, who was later identified
as Ecliff Jenning, 49, of Jacob Hill,
Wallerfield, was able to identify his
attackers to police while en-route to
He died shortly after arriving at the
Arima Health Facility.
The suspects had not been arrested
up to late yesterday, but investigators
said arrests are imminent as they are
well known to police.
— DEREK ACHONG
The three killings pushed
the murder toll to 91.
Ameen Phillips places a teddy bear into the coffin of her younger brother Ishmeel as she is
comforted by her stepmother Michelle Smith during his funeral service at Simpson’s
Funeral Home, Eastern Main Road, Laventille, yesterday.
PICTURE ABRAHAM DIAZ
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