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"It was a case of mistaken identity."
So said Suresh Yankaran, 60, father of
20 year-old Adash Yankaran, who was
shot and killed by police on Saturday night
during a shoot-out at Forres Park, Claxton
He was among three men who were
found in a stolen Nissan B-15 car belonging
to taxi driver Vishnoo Rampersad. Ram-
persad was hijacked, fatally stabbed and
dumped at the side of the road near his
Jagbir Street, Korea Village, Carapichaima
home on Saturday afternoon.
Yesterday Yankaran s relatives were left
with more questions than answers, since
they maintain that the 20-year-old, who
would have celebrated his 21st birthday
today, was an innocent bystander.
"It is very confusing (what happened
to my son.) I feel he was hijacked too.
The police wrongfully shoot my son. He
was never involved in any illegal activities.
He knew the taxi driver, he would always
call him to pick him up here when he had
to go out. He would come right here. We
know him," Suresh said.
He said his son left home around
lunchtime on Saturday to get a haircut in
Chaguanas and was returning home when
he boarded Rampersad s taxi.
Rampersad plied the Chaguanas/Cara-
"My son had nothing to do with the
taxi driver s death," Suresh said.
He said his family started getting wor-
ried when Yankaran had not returned
home by evening.
"He don t stay out late. About 11.30
pm we try calling his mobile phone when
he did not come home and was not getting
through. We started to get worried. He
not accustomed to coming home late,"
He said shortly after a police vehicle
pulled up in their yard and a police officer
asked him if Yankaran was his son.
He said the officer told him to come
and identify Yankaran s body.
"He tell me my son get shot. They did
not say he was involved (in Rampersad s
killing.) Police say he was in the wrong
place at the wrong time. He was a God-
fearing boy and hard-working," he said.
Yankaran s mother, Samdaye Ramcallie,
53, said she believes the police acted "in
haste" and killed her son and she wants
"I know my son to be an innocent per-
son. He was never involved in anything.
My son never even have a police record.
He always going temple. He liked to prayer.
I just want to know what happened to
my son," she sobbed.
Investigations are continuing.
Adash Yankarran, who was shot and
killed by Police on Saturday night at
the Claxton Bay flyover, Forres Park.
Kevin Dover was
liming outside a shop
along Ninth Avenue,
Barataria, on January
2, when he was shot
dead by a group of
His murder was the
first recorded for this
year. Dover was 26.
Dover is one of 37
young men, between
the ages of 25 and 30,
who have been mur-
dered in T&T this year.
With a little over
half the year gone,
there have been 199
according to a tally
compiled by the T&T
The T&T Guardian s
statistics also showed
that 37 of the victims
were under the age of
25; 55 victims were
between the ages of 30
and 40; 28 fell within
the 40 to 50 age group
and 27 were in the 50
and older age bracket.
Almost 75 per cent
of murder victims this
year died as a result of
injuries sustained in
shootings, with the
remaining victims were
beaten, strangled and
or decapitated. Eight-
een of the victims were
Despite being the
shortest month for the
year, February was the
bloodiest month with
43 murders. During the
months of March and
April only 20 murders
were recorded for each.
Statistics from the
Police Service s Crime
and Problem Analysis
shows that there were
203 murders between
January to June, last
year, with a total of 377
for the entire year.
There were also 352
murders in 2011, 473
in 2010 and 505 in
2009 with a total of
2,256 murders record-
ed between 2008 and
CAPA s statistics,
which are published on
the Police Service s
Web site, also revealed
that of 377 murders
last year, only 63 were
17 per cent).
The statistics also
showed that only 12 of
the murders between
January and June of
this year have been
Deorajee Rampersad, wife of murdered
Carapichaima taxi driver Vishnoo Ram-
persad, is calling for the return of the
hangman to stop violent crime in T&T.
Rampersad made the call hours after
her husband, 48, was stabbed, robbed of
his silver Nissan B-15 Sentra car and
dumped at the side of the road, a stone s
throw from his Jagbir Street, Korea Village,
"We want justice. Just as they kill him,
let the mother and the family feel the
same feeling I am feeling. We need to
bring back the death penalty. It will make
a difference. The same way you kill people
we will get justice," Rampersad declared
as she spoke to the T&T Guardian yes-
terday at her home as relatives prepared
for a wake last evening.
The grieving widow said her husband
was plying his trade of offering his taxi
for hire on Saturday afternoon just as he
did for the last 18 years, when he was
"They should start back hanging. Inno-
cent people getting their deaths and they
just get staying three, four years and com-
ing back out and doing the same thing,"
She said if criminals saw people are
being hanged, "Ent they will stop?"
Rampersad said she could not say what
were the circumstances that led to her
husband s murder, but she said, Vishnoo
was a good father and a hard-working
He was the father of two---Sheldon, 27,
and Stacy, 26.
She said the last time she saw her hus-
band was around 11.40 pm on Saturday
when he came home for lunch.
Rampersad said at 4.15 pm someone
called her and told her Vishnoo was lying
at the side of the road.
"When we reach he was already dead.
He was lying on the road. They stabbed
him," she said.
She said she was married to Vishnoo
for 26 years and he would have celebrated
his 49th birthday in November.
Police reports state that at around 4
p.m. Rampersad was driving his taxi along
Roopsingh Street, Waterloo, when three
men entered his car.
Rampersad was stabbed in the neck
and chest and his body dumped at the
side of the road. Passersby contacted the
Freeport Police Station, and PC Nanan
and others responded to the scene.
An All-Points-Bulletin was issued, and
Central Task Force Division, Freeport and
Couva CIDs as well as air support from
the National Helicopter Service respond-
ed.They intercepted Rampersad s vehicle
the Forres Park Flyover, along the Sir
Solomon Hochoy Highway. Police said
the suspects began firing at them and
they returned fire. One man, Adash
Yankaran, 20, was killed.
A second man was wounded. He was
arrested and a third escaped.
However, the T&T Guardian under-
stands the third man was captured yes-
terday morning in the Carapichaima area.
Autopsies are expected to be performed
on Rampersad and Yankaran today at the
Forensic Sciences Centre, St James. (RR)
Parents of slain man:
It's a case of mistaken identity
Wife of murdered taxi driver:
Bring back the death penalty
Taxi driver Vishnoo Rampersad of
Korea Village, Carapichaima, who was
fatally stabbed on Saturday.
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