Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 25th 2014 Contents RAPHAEL JOHN-LALL
ments from the Prime
Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar to lead-
ing business chambers
showed the late Karen
de Montbrun was loved
and respected by all
sectors of society, said
Father Peter de la
Bastide who gave the
sermon yesterday at
"She was able to con-
taminate everyone with
whom she came into
contact. The kind mes-
sages from the Prime
chambers, the Trinidad
and Tobago Manufac-
(TTMA) showed how
she lived her life. The
type of life she lived
influenced not only her
family but society," he
said yesterday at the
funeral service at St Fin-
bar's RC Church, Diego
De Montbrun, a for-
mer head of the TTMA
and the only female
president to date, passed
away on April 14 after
she succumbed to her
two-year long battle
with amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis. She was aged
from the business com-
munity at the funeral
included current CEO
of the TTMA, Ramesh
Ramdeen; president of
the TTMA Nicholas Lok
Jack and a past presi-
dent of the T&T Cham-
ber of Commerce Ian
De La Bastide, who
gave the sermon to a
described her person-
ality as being "Type A"
and said she worked
tirelessly to help others.
"During the 1970
Black Power revolution
she took charge as a
teacher. But she was not
perfect as none of us
are. She was a true mis-
sionary and never suc-
cumbed to fear," he said.
The Prime Minister
described De Montbrun
as one of the "leading
women in the private
sector" in her tribute
days after her death.
She said De Montbrun
lived a "life of determi-
nation and achieve-
Ramdeen, just after
her death had said she
had given "tremendous
service" not only to
business but also to the
After the service, her
body was carried to the
crematorium, Long Cir-
cular Road, St James.
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Cattle farmer Terry Singh says
if Barrackpore police had responded
to his pleas on Sunday when his
friend Ramraj Ramnarine was shot
by a trapgun the father of two
would have been alive today.
"I begged, I pleaded with them
to come with me and help him,"
Singh said yesterday as he broke his
silence on Sunday's shooting which
claimed his friend's life.
Yesterday Ramnarine, 44, was cre-
mated at the Shore of Peace, Mos-
quito Creek, La Romaine, after a
funeral service at his Manohar Trace,
Singh, 32, speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, said when he
realised Ramnarine was shot he
immediately called the Barrackpore
police and they told him they could
"They tell me they did not have
any vehicle and I even offer to pick
them up with my van. They tell me
come to the station and I went.
"I begging them, I pleading with
them to come with me, let me take
them to the forest. They ruff' me
up and told me they cannot go with
me to sit down right there and I wait
for them," he said.
Singh said officers told him they
were short-staffed and had to wait
for other police officers to come and
they told him he had to have to wait
for the Emergency Health Services
"For two hours I waiting in the
station. I reach there 6 pm and 8
pm we leave there. All the time Billy
(Ramnarine) bleeding in the forest,"
Singh said he and Ramnarine were
"really good friends" and believed
he would not have died had the
police gone into the forest to help
wait so long. All I was thinking about
was why we waiting here, why we
not going, my friend in there. I was
begging allyuh to come with me.
They ruff' me up and tell me sit
down," Singh added.
He said he and Ramnarine went
into the forested area to retrieve his
five cows which got away from
where he had tied them.
Ramnarine, he said, was helping
him look for the cows when he heard
a loud explosion.
"I call Billy, Billy.' I get a frighten.
He was not answering. I went to see
which part he was and I saw him
"He was not responding and I saw
blood around his feet. I get frighten
I call Barrackpore police one time
and they tell me they do not have
any vehicle. I offer them my vehicle
to pick them up," he said.
Singh declined to have his pho-
tograph taken because he has been
receiving threats and fears for his
"I having nightmares. I cannot
sleep. I am really traumatised. Plenty
people tell me not to talk. I fraid
they damage me or my children. I
fear for my life. They had already
threatened me," Singh said.
He said he was distraught over
Ramnarine's death since they grew
up in the same neighbourhood and
were always together.
Singh said they only went to
retrieve the cows after food produc-
tion officers threatened to kill them
because they were eating crops.
He said he never expected that
something like that would have hap-
pened and since then he was afraid
to return to the area to retrieve his
Yesterday Singh peered through
a wire fence outside his friend's
house to get a glimpse of Ramnarine
in his white casket.
Police believe the trapgun was set
to scare the cattle which had been
destroying agricultural crops in the
area. Police said numerous com-
plaints had been made about the
Yesterday Singh was shunned by
some mourners and he stood apart
from the funeral proceedings.
One of Ramnarine's relatives
remarked that Singh appeared to be
enjoying himself as he pointed out
Singh was smiling as he stood out-
side the Ramnarine's home.
Singh, who was questioned by
police after Ramnarine's death, spoke
briefly with the T&T Guardian as
he stood by the roadside.
He said: "Right now, I still really
shaken cause it could have been me
lying there instead of him."
Singh said also he was questioned
by the police and he took them to
the forested area where Ramnarine
Yesterday Pastor Randolph Dean,
of International Rescue Ministry
Church, Barrackpore, called on
mourners to love their neighbours
"even if they do not like you."
He said he met Ramnarine on
three occasions and found him to
have an honest heart and a helpful
Dean said the last time he met
Ramnarine, some months ago, he
told him he wanted to do a thanks-
giving and he said would call him
(Dean) when he was ready.
"But today we are here doing a
different kind of thanksgiving," Dean
Ramnarine's wife, Asha Haribha-
jan, hugged her son, Josiah, as she
sobbed next to her husband's casket.
As tears rolled down his cheeks, Josi-
ah, five, placed a flower on his
Dean reminded mourners that the
choices they make would determine
their future and where they ended
up after death.
"You do not hold your life in your
hands. The only thing you hold in
your hands is choices," he said.
Farmer blames tardy cops for friend's death
Asha Haribhajan weeps for her husband Ramraj Ramnarine (inset) while
hugging her son, Josiah, during his funeral service at their Manohar Trace,
Barrackpore, home yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Ex-TTMA head hailed as being respected
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