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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Rivalry, envy at work
linked to worker’s death
Relatives of Vistabella father Daniel
Cooper believe he was executed be-
cause of envy and rivalry at his job.
Cooper’s decomposing body was
discovered in the bushes off Princes
Town yesterday morning, two days
after he went missing.
Police obtained video footage
showing that Cooper, 29, was ab-
ducted while on his way to pick up
his daughter at the daycare on Mon-
Given the decomposition of his
body, police believe he was mur-
dered shortly after he was taken and
his body dumped.
Police also found Cooper’s car — a
Bluebird Sylphy sedan — at Realise
Road, Princes Town around the same
time his body was found.
Cooper, an employee at Esau Oil-
field in Gulf View, La Romaine, left
his workplace at around 4.30 pm to
pick up his daughter at her Palmiste
daycare, but he never made it.
When the daycare officials called
to say he had not picked up his three-
year-old child, his relatives began
calling his phone without success
and then went in search of him. They
made a report to the police.
The police subsequently obtained
surveillance footage which showed a
vehicle intercepting Cooper’s car be-
fore he got to the daycare.
Police confirmed that on Tuesday
night they received a call from Coop-
er’s relatives who spotted a vehicle in
Princes Town matching the descrip-
tion of the vehicle used in the abduc-
The police subsequently arrested
a suspect in Princes Town and im-
pounded the vehicle. Around 9 am,
the police, acting on information,
went to Borde Narve and Barrack-
pore where they found the body and
Cooper was still clad in his work
coverall. Wiping away tears at her
home, Cooper’s mother, Naziroon
Cooper, said she had prayed that her
son — the second of her six children —
would come back to her alive.
“He did not deserve this. They say-
ing that crime down and everyday
people suffering because their loved
ones are dying.”
His father, Kenneth Cooper, said he
went as far as Diego Martin and Ica-
cos in search of his son.
“We see the car (fitting the descrip-
tion of the car used in the abduction)
and the man (suspect) in Princes
Town and we call the police. We were
not going to give up looking for Dan-
iel. Right where he (Daniel’s body)
was we were circling on Monday. I
was feeling Daniel there.”
Kenneth believes his murder was
linked to threats his son had been
receiving at his workplace since De-
“They shoot him and throw him
out the car. They did not want the car
or the money. It was a hit.”
Asked why he was threatened, the
father said, “Because of work rivalry
Kenneth said his son thought
about quitting his job but he talked
him out of it.
“I told him to hold on for his fam-
ily’s sake because jobs hard to get,”
said the father. He said his son never
reported the threats because he did
not want to make things worse.
Cooper said the crime situation
was only going to get worst because
the prophecy has to be fulfilled and
there was nothing the Government
or anyone could do, except give their
life to God.
Naziroon described her son as a
nice and decent person who loved
his wife and daughter dearly.
Expressing condolences to the
family, Insp Don Gajadhar said the
family got closure, but it was a sad
ending. Investigators are exploring
all angles to ascertain why Cooper
Up to last evening, the police had
three suspects in custody and was
searching for a fourth person.
The investigation team is led by
ASP Peter Ramdeen, Gajadhar, Sgt
Williams, Cpl Bacchus, Cpl Pulchan
and officers of the Anti Kidnapping
Squad, Homicide Bureau, Southern
Division Task Force and San Fer-
nando CID. An autopsy is expected
to be done today at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, Port-of-Spain.
Weeks before his death, lettuce farmer
Leon Bebe ranted on Facebook about
how people whom he grew up with
could “sit down and plan up how to
kill” him because of envy and greed.
Bebe, 19, of Poonah Road in
Whiteland, left his home shortly after 7
pm along with a friend to go to Grand
Bazaar to collect monies owed to him
for fresh produce.
It was reported to the police that he
and his friend waited for a while before
Bebe was contacted and told to meet at
Seventh Avenue in Malick, Barataria.
When they got there, at about 10 pm,
police said both men were ambushed
by three men, one of whom was armed
with a gun.
Bebe was shot several times, while
his friend escaped after the gunman’s
weapon jammed. The assailants fled
after the shooting.
Bebe’s friend contacted the police
who found the farmer bleeding from
multiple wounds. He was taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital where
he died while undergoing treatment.
In one of his recent posts on his
Facebook page, Bebe admitted that as
a youth in this world, it was so easy to
lose one’s life.
“What gets me worried about life
everyday is knowing you will be work-
ing hard to be ah better human being...
by getting up everyday, going to work
hard for your honest dollar, to make
sure your family gets their needs and
making sure your younger family stay
focus for ah better life than what you
have had so far,” Bebe said in his post.
“But little do you know there is some-
one watching over the life you living
and wanting to take away your life for
what’s rightfully yours. This life getting
so dread that your own friend/people
you grow up with from nothing would
see you having little betterment and
would sit down and plan up how to kill
you...that’s sad,” he stated.
Bebe questioned why people could
not live as one and help out each other
so that each person would benefit from
a better life together.
Bebe was a young man with a vision
and believed in honesty, according to
a close relative, who wished not to be
He said his family was very distraught
over Bebe’s killing and also very con-
fused as to the circumstances surround-
ing his death.
He however, believed that Bebe
knew “deep down in his heart” that his
life was threatened but lived “without
One of Bebe’s friends, Bryan, said
that the increasing murders in the coun-
try worried him and would always say
that it was because of “men’s greed.”
“Life is always a fight down. People
who working hard to succeed and earn
an honest dollar getting killed by people
who are just blood-suckers and who are
too lazy to go out there and toil for that
dollar. It not easy and we all try our best
to stay away from the drugs and guns.
Leo (Bebe’s nickname) had his struggles
and influences to deal with but he dealt
with it well,” Bryan said.
“He was always a role model to
everyone around, even me. They say
the good ones does always go quick boy
and that’s a true saying. This country
need more like Leo out here - he made
a way with his iceberg and bronze let-
tuce. He showed people once you could
put your mind to something positive
you can achieve it but real haters out
here too,” he added.
Youth with Vision Agricultural Mis-
sion, an active group in which Bebe
was a part of over the past few weeks
wished Bebe back to life.
“If you can, please come back bro.”
Bebe was described as a “humble
youth” by a group member, who added
that all Bebe ever wanted was “to make
it big in life and make an honest dollar.”
“He was a great friend and brother. I
will never forget what you taught me
about loyalty...I love you, king.”
One of Bebe’s regular customers
was chairman of the Couva/Tabaquite/
Talparo Regional Corporation, Henry
Awong recalled his first meeting with
the ambitious Bebe.
“When I first met him he told me he
was going into hydroponics. He was the
most ambitious young person I have
ever met and I admired that about him.
He was very humble and a very pleas-
ant person. I am so sorry to learn of his
demise in such a cruel and cold-hearted
A San Fernando man appeared before
a Scarborough Magistrate yesterday
charged with the murder of a 90-year-
Rudy Bissoon, 52, a painter of Gopaul
Street, San Fernando, was charged with
the murder of Neila Samuel who was
killed between March 24 and March 29.
Samuel’s decomposing corpse was
found in her Milford Road, Scarborough
home on March 29. Samuel, an ampu-
tee, lived alone.
The suspect was held driving Samu-
el’s Nissan Juke vehicle at Crown Point
hours after the body was found.
Samuel’s decomposing body was
found on the flooring in the toilet area of
the house, while her prosthetic leg was
found some distance away. Homicide
officers suspected foul play, however,
an autopsy conducted by Eslyn Mc Don-
ald-Burris proved to be inconclusive.
Cpl Taylor of the Tobago Homicide
laid the charges.
Lettuce farmer Leon Bebe.
Kenneth Cooper and his wife, Naziroon, speak to reporters at their Princes
Town home yesterday.
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