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Five-year-old Vikash Chablal watched helplessly
as a gunman stood over his father, Vishnu "Toy"
Chablal, and fatally shot him in the head on Sun-
So innocent was the infant, he believed that when
undertakers and police left with his father's body
they were going to bring him back to life.
"The police carrying my daddy and they will
make my daddy live again. They will bring him
back," Vikash told his grandmother, Indra Jagdeo,
shortly after the murder.
Vikash spent yesterday at his cousins' home while
his mother Ria Jagdeo went to her husband's autopsy.
"The child and his mother saw everything. She
(Ria) ran to my house saying: Mummy, open the
door, bandits shoot Toy and he is dead,'" the elder
Jagdeo told the T&T Guardian yesterday.
Chablal, 39, a wrecker operator with 800-4TOW,
was in front of his Caratal Road, Bonne Aventure,
Gasparillo, home shortly after 6 pm, when a gun-
man ran up the adjacent Lightbourne Road and
shot him in the chest. After Chablal fell, the gun-
man, who was wearing a hat and a handkerchief
over his face, approached and shot him in the head.
The killing occurred just four days after bandits
broke into Jagdeo's home, which is in front of
Giving the details of the ordeal, Jagdeo said: "My
son-in-law went to work but he forgot his chart,
which he uses to write down what he did for the
night, so he came back for it. He went down the
hill and he spent about a five minutes and he left
the truck on.
"The child wanted to see how the wrecker lights
up, so he, his wife and the child came upstairs.
"While he was going up the steps, a person ran
out from the back of the toilet and fired three shots
at him. He fired two, but it missed Toy and he shot
him again. When he fell, the gunman came over
him and fired the next shot on his head and so he
Jagdeo said Chablal had three children with his
previous wife but had planned to marry Ria once
his divorce was finalised. She said it was a mystery
why anyone would want to kill Chablal as he was
a nice person.
Up to yesterday police had not established a
motive for the killing.
Lamenting the high murder rate, Jagdeo said:
"This country really gone bad. I never know I would
have seen that in my yard, in front of my house."
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Gunmen carry out well-planned hit
for 07th APRIL, 2014
Gunman kills dad
in front wife, son
STORIES BY KEVON FELMINE
Police in south Trinidad were kept busy
on Sunday as four men were killed in two
separate incidents, with three victims being
slain in one of the attacks, taking the mur-
der toll for the year to 122.
In one of the incidents, La Romaine broth-
ers Randy and Maurice Leshmore, 21 and
26, and their brother-in-law Kwasi Vincent,
47, were shot dead by three gunmen who
ambushed them during a lime.
Police said as Randy and Kwasi lay on the
cold concrete at the family's Pond Street
home, they hugged each other before the
gunmen shot them several times in their
heads and backs. Maurice tried to escape
but one of the gunmen chased him through
a track and shot him in the back.
Only 27-year-old Kevin Williams managed
to escape although he was shot in the thigh.
He was warded in a stable condition at the
San Fernando General Hospital yesterday.
The men were all liming at an apartment
at the back of Nana's parlour when the
gunmen broke through a galvanise fence in
the backyard. They ordered an 18-year-old
neighbour to kneel on the ground before
they ambushed the men, who were sitting
in the yard.
Police believe the men ordered the brothers
to lie on the ground and shot them, while
another gunman fired shots at Vincent and
Police, led by ASP Williams, Insp Gajadhar
and Sgt Dhilpaul, found more than eight
spent shells at the scene.
Barely able to speak at the crime scene,
Maurice's common-law-wife, Sarah Arjoon,
was inconsolable after arriving earlier to find
her relatives on the ground gasping for breath.
Arjoon, who is also Vincent's sister, lost her
father, Harry Arjoon, in a car accident on
With tears streaming down her cheeks,
she said Maurice, who sometimes stayed at
his father's home, called her shortly after 9
pm and said he was coming to meet her but
she told him it was too late and he should
stay with relatives.
"About ten minutes after, my nephew
came and asked me if I heard the gunshots.
I said shut your mouth, that is not our busi-
ness,'" she recalled.
"I was home getting ready to sleep and
it was only when my cousin started to talk,
saying that three men came through the
galvanise and shot Kwasi, it was then I knew
what had happened.
"A little while after they called me and
said call Wendy (Leshmore's sister) because
Dillon got shot too.
"Dillon and Kwasi were breathing when
I reached there. They couldn't talk. They
couldn't move and they were lying face down
on the ground breathing hard. They could
not have survived because there was so much
blood. Junior was already dead."
For Wendy Leshmore, her brothers' deaths
came a few years after losing her mother
Angela Leshmore to illness.
"What will I do now? My mother gone,
my brothers gone. Is just me alone now,"
A 31-year-old relative said some people
have labelled the area as a drug block but
he said no one knows the reason for the
Speaking on condition of anonymity, he
said: "When we came outside, we saw those
two fellas lying down on the ground, hugging
up one another.
"I watched them take their last breath, I
saw the last piece of life come out of them.
They died with their eyes open, and the way
one of them died, I feel like they knew one
of the killers because his eyes opened up
real big in his head. It was like he was in
The relative said several calls were made
for an ambulance but it took more than an
hour to arrive.
He said even when police came Vincent
was still alive and he believed if the ambu-
lance had come earlier there could have been
3 men shot in
Family members and friends look on as Homicide officers and undertakers remove the
bodies of the three men who were killed in La Romaine on Sunday night. PHOTO: RISHI
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