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A lack of love and proper
parental guidance is how rel-
atives summed up the life and
death of 18-year-old Reon
Roberts, who was gunned
down in Chaguanas on Friday
Roberts, a labourer of Morali
Street, Chaguanas, was discov-
ered dead in a box drain at Gas-
ton Street, in an area residents
described as a notorious drug
The killing occurred just three
days after he received death
threats during an argument with
a man at last Tuesday s Carnival
celebrations in the borough.
It was only last month that
Roberts, who was arrested last
year for a robbery at Champs
Bar, along Railway Road, was
released on bail.
According to reports, resi-
dents of Gaston Street heard
loud explosions around 8 pm
and upon looking out their
homes, saw a silver wagon
speeding off. When Chaguanas
police officers responded, they
found Roberts in the drain with
gunshot wounds to the back of
his head, hand and abdomen.
Speaking at her home yes-
terday, Robert s aunt Leslie-
Ann Roberts said that after his
release, the teenager swore that
he was turning his life around.
She said Roberts pleaded with
her boyfriend to help him to
get a job at a construction site.
After receiving his first pay, she
said he purchased drinks and
sold them during Carnival
Monday and Tuesday.
However, she said on Ash
Wednesday, Roberts informed
his employer that he would not
be showing up for work because
he was longing for a sea bath.
On Thursday and Friday when
he stayed away from work, rel-
atives feared he was returning
to his old life.
"I think that he did not have
guidance," Leslie-Ann said.
Guidance is something that
children need, and if he had
the guidance and somebody to
give him some love, maybe he
would have been different. All
he used to be saying is Ma, I
hear you, I m not going back
there again. "
Recalling Friday night s expe-
rience, she said, "Yesterday, my
mother, my boyfriend and I
were talking, and I said Reon
does not want anything good.
Imaging he now came out of
jail, he got a job, but he would
not go to work.
"We had been hearing that
he told other people that he
was not into that life again, he
was going to change. Of course,
I believed him.
"While we were sitting here
arguing, my mother got a
phone call from my sister who
told her to brace herself before
telling her that Reon had just
got shot," Leslie-Ann said.
She said Roberts childhood
days were not the best and that
could have led him to be influ-
enced by the wrong people. She
said it was only because his
home was being renovated that
he was staying at their Caroni
Savannah Road home.
Roberts neighbours at Morali
Street agreed with relatives,
saying that his upbringing was
the reason why he ended up
committing crime and dying
such a horrible death.
Rowley to name slate tomorrow
MELISSA DOUGHTY AND RENUKA SINGH
Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, challenger
to Dr Keith Rowley for the leadership of the
People s National Movement (PNM), says she
will announce her team for the May 18 internal
elections this Friday.
She made the statement at a march held in
Arima in commemoration of International
Women s Day.
She said, "The team is going to be announced
by Friday. I am still having a couple discussions
with people. There is a dry run sometime this
week. I have not completed the discussions. I
don t have a slate, I have a team of people
"I believe I can t do it alone and as you pre-
pare for leadership, part of your strength will
be the team around you, so that my team will
be announced very shortly."
Meanwhile, vice chairman of the PNM s
Arima constituency John Joseph said while
Rowley had his full support, a show of hands
vote last month showed more support for Beck-
les-Robinson. In a telephone interview Friday,
he warned the Beckles-Robinson faction to not
be too buoyed by that information.
"Yes, 90 per cent of the people who were
here voted for Penny, but they represented less
than 50 per cent of the whole voters list here,"
Joseph said more than 60 per cent of the
Arima constituency was in support of Row-
ley.Last week, a letter signed by Onika Myers-
Haynes from the La Horquetta/Talparo con-
stituency detailed its support for Rowley.
Beckles-Robinson yesterday said she was
conscious that the issue of endorsements no
longer has the same value as when the delegate
system existed. She said it was now a matter
of one man, one vote.
"In one man, one vote you are not directed
by anyone to vote so you vote according to
who you believe is the best man or woman for
the job," she said. She said the process was
totally different from the delegate system. Beck-
les-Robinson said she would not get caught
up in the matter of endorsements since she
would have to target each person who is a
member and can vote."
Five days before the close of nominations,
People s National Movement (PNM) leader
Dr Keith Rowley has selected his executive
Rowley is expected to make the formal
announcement tomorrow at a constituency
meeting at the Chaguanas East Secondary
School, Montrose, but the Sunday Guardian
learned that current chairman Franklin Khan,
general secretary Ashton Ford and public
relations officer Faris Al-Rawi will fight to
keep their respective seats.
The Sunday Guardian also learned that
Rowley brought in former senator Fitzgerald
Hinds to contest the youth officer portion
and that he added three new faces to his
potential executive list:
• Anthony Garcia has been picked for the
education officer post
• Indar Parasram has been picked for the
post of field officer
• Foster Cummings will vie for the post
of election officer
New role for Camille
Senator Camille Robinson-Regis will con-
test the lady vice chair position, a post which
was previously held by Pennelope Beckles-
Robinson. Four months ago, amid rumours
that Beckles-Robinson was launching her
own bid to be the next leader of the Oppo-
sition, Rowley removed Beckles-Robinson
from his Senate line-up and replaced her
He has since denied that her decision to
fight him for the leadership post had anything
to do with his decision to axe her senatorial
Shirley Roberts, 71, grandmother, and Leslie-Ann Roberts, aunt,
recall their last moments with Reon Roberts who was gunned
down in Chaguanas, on Friday night. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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