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A 35-year-old Arouca man was shot
dead in front of his son during an early-
morning attack yesterday, pushing the
murder toll for the year to 20 in the first
seven days of the new year.
Around 7.45 am, Hezekiah Mark, of
Hillview Drive, Five Rivers, Arouca, was
in his kitchen preparing breakfast for his
ten-year-old son, when two men came in
through the front door.
Police said the men drew guns and shot
Mark several times before running away
through the back door.
Police said a dazed Mark still managed
to grab a knife and chased the gunmen.
He collapsed after running a short distance
and fell into a drain, where he died of his
Mark s son was not injured in the inci-
Homicide detectives said Mark was not
known to police and a motive for his mur-
der is yet to be determined.
Senior Supt John Daniel and detectives
of the Region Two Homicide Bureau are
probing Mark s murder.
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Man slain while preparing meal for son, 10
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
yesterday condemned the 20 senseless
killings of citizens inside the first seven days
of the year, saying they were "horrific," "hor-
rendous" and "intolerable."
Her comments came even as a Cedros cou-
ple and an Arouca father were earlier brutally
slain as the series of brazen attacks on the
citizenry continued unabated yesterday.
Persad-Bissessar s comments came
moments after she launched the new Rapid
Response Unit and hours before she held an
emergency meeting with the National Security
Council, where she read the riot act and called
on the heads of the various national security
bodies to get their acts together and deal with
this latest surge in murders. (See Page A5)
But Persad-Bissessar already had one rec-
ommendation even before her statements, as
Robin Ramdeen, the son of two of the latest
murder victims, had, hours before the PM
spoke, called on the Government to call in the
army to deal with crime.
Ramdeen made the call as he declared crime
was out of control while grieving over the loss
of his parents, Krishna and Radha Ramdeen,
who were found murdered in their home yes-
Krishna, 63, and Radha, 57, were discovered
in the bedroom of their Beach Road, Fullarton,
Cedros, home around 8.35 am by another of
their sons, Ravi.
They owned the White Diamond Bar and
Relatives said a spiritual leader had warned
the couple that they would be robbed and
they had begun installing burglarproofing at
their home last month.
Police believe the couple were victims of
an apparent robbery, since the house was ran-
sacked and money, along with pensioners
cheques, which Radha would cash in the mini-
mart, were missing.
Krishna, who had suffered a stroke some
months ago, was found on his bed with several
wounds. Police believe he was bludgeoned to
death, but could not immediately tell because
of the extent of the injuries.
Radha was found on the bedroom floor. She
had apparently been suffocated with a plastic
bag over her head.
Yesterday, Robin Ramdeen, who lives in
Cunupia, said crime is not being dealt with
and it is time for military action.
"Bring out the army. Instead of having them
in a base, bring them out.
"They should be out there patrolling. They
should have a base in rural communities like
this and patrolling the borders where the illegal
guns are coming in," Ramdeen said as he shook
his head while watching Crime Scene Inves-
tigators (CSI) search for clues at his parents
He and his sister, Rani Ramdeen-Yaya, also
called for hangings to resume.
Ramdeen said the Government "needs to
enforce laws punishing wrongdoers. Hangings
are not off the books and we need to start to
enforce the law in a serious manner."
The Ramdeens were killed less than 24 hours
after two men, Ishmael Bain, 19, and Derrick
"Warlord," Joseph, 23, were gunned down on
Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain.
Villagers in the sleepy fishing village flocked
to the couple s home as news spread that the
Ramdeens, grandparents of eight and parents
of four, had been murdered.
Neighbours said everyone liked the couple.
One woman, who did not give her name, said
normally when she leaves for work at 5 am,
she would see Radha opening her minimart.
Yesterday when she was passing, she said, the
business was closed.
"I find that strange," she said.
Ramdeen said his brother-in-law went to
the house to get snacks for his children and
called out to Radha, but got no response. He
said Ravi, who lives six houses away from his
parents home, was contacted and he opened
the house and made the discovery.
The Ramdeens were also the second couple
to be killed for the year. On New Year s Day,
Princes Town couple Omardath Deokienanan
and Sharon Bahadoor were also killed by men
who stormed their home.
Yesterday, Ramdeen also took issue with
National Security Minister Gary Griffith s
recent statement that law-abiding citizens
had nothing to worry about, as the current
spate of murders were "criminals killing crim-
"That might be possible, that may be what
is going on in some cases. But what you have
is monkey see, monkey do. People killing here
now. Now it reach the peaceful areas, the rural
areas. Areas where people would come to
breeze out," he lamented.
Ramdeen said his parents were law-abiding
citizens who always opened their home to
everyone in the village. He said last month,
after years of pleading, his parents began bur-
glarproofing their home and only one window
was left to burglarproof. This was the window
the killers used to get into the house.
"It was one more window. Just this week
they said they were going to put in the bur-
glarproof," Ramdeen added.
"I never expected my father to die like this.
He was ailing, so you know, so I was preparing
for him to take in and die, not to die like this."
Senior Supt David Lewis, Senior Supt Cyril
Harry, Southern Division Task Force and
Cedros CID and Homicide officers visited the
PC Shiva Siewdath of the Cedros police is
Police responded to a report of a fatal shoot-
ing at Green Street, Arima, around 8 pm where
the body of a maxi taxi conductor was found.
Officers on the scene could not positively
identify the victim.
Elderly couple's killings stun Cedros...
Bring out army to
fight crime---son Robin Ramdeen eldest son of
murder victims Krishna and Radha
Family, friends and residents of Beach Road, Fullarton, Cedros, were overcome with grief on
hearing of the murder of Krishna and Radha Ramdeen. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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