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Michelle Holder, the mother of the two young
boys who were killed by gunmen at her Morvant
home on Sunday, says she has no money to
bury her sons. However, she maintained yes-
terday the boys were not involved in criminal
activity or gangs.
Holder witnessed the deaths of her two sons---
Jamal, 15, and Jadel, nine---shortly after they had
lunch on Sunday afternoon, when gunmen entered
her home and ordered the boys to lie facedown
on the floor before they were shot in the back
of their heads. She was unhurt.
A single parent, Holder first sought the assis-
tance of MP for Laventille East/Morvant Donna
Cox during a 30-minute meeting at her con-
stituency office on Monday.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Holder confirmed she did not have the money
to finance her sons funerals, adding that Cox
told her to seek assistance from the Ministry of
the People and Social Development.
Cox said the Government had failed in the
fight against crime and was not being honest
about the issue, saying crime was not decreasing.
She called on the Government to implement
effective measures to address the crime prob-
She also said there was need for more social
services to be provided to citizens, including
single, unemployed parents.
Yesterday, Holder said she was still in the
process of sourcing the funds and would not be
in a position to confirm a date for the funerals
until that was sorted out.
She said she was not visited by any Government
official as she attempted to bury her children.
Cox, however, presented her with a food hamper.
Holder said she was being assisted through a
food card but it expired a few months ago and
she was hoping to be readmitted to the pro-
Holder again took issue with continued reports
that her sons were bandits.
"I don t like what people were saying in the
media about my sons. They were not thieves,"
She said it was true that the elder child had
dropped out of school but said he was about to
begin classes at the Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC) in September. She said the younger son
was always with her and was a nice child.
Mom has no $$ for
slain sons' funerals
JENSEN LA VENDE
The killing of this country s young citizens con-
tinues as three teenagers have now lost their lives
in less than three days, pushing the murder toll to
188 for the year. The corresponding murder toll for
the same period last year was 164
The latest teenaged victim was Shakam De Reve-
naux, 19, whose body was found on Monday evening
in a drain along the Lady Young Road, Morvant. He
was wrapped in a bedsheet and his head covered with
a plastic bag.
Police were called to the site just before 7 pm after
residents saw the badly beaten body in the drain.
Speaking with the media yesterday outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, De Revenaux s
mother, Rosemarie Garraway, said her son was not
known to be involved in any criminal activity. Unfor-
tunately, she added, that may have triggered his
She said the teen, whose birthday was last month,
was pursuing his dream of becoming an engineer.
Garraway said Shakam, her eldest child, was last
seen alive on Sunday when he left home to attend
the wake of a neighbour at Stephensville, Mapp Lands,
"He was murdered for what I don t know... what
reason. I don t know my son to be involved in any
negative thing. It is not me but the entire community
hurt by it.
"When I found out that my son had died was by
the screams of the neighbours."
She added that the last thing the two had discussed
was food as he loved soup.
A relative said De Revenaux received a call while
at the wake and he left. This was the last time he
was seen alive.
Garraway was then suddenly stopped by her former
husband, Dexter De Revenaux, from speaking further
with the media.
Police believe De Revenaux may have been killed
over a woman. His autopsy report said he had been
beaten about the head and body.
Teen beaten to
death after wake
...as murder toll hits 188
Rosemarie Garraway takes a phone call while chatting with the media
outside the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, where she went to
view the autopsy on her son Shakam De Revenaux (inset), whose body was
found off Lady Young Road, Morvant, on Monday evening
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
The other murdered youths are Jamal
Brathwaite, 15, who was shot dead at his Morvant
home on Sunday along with his nine-year-old
brother, Jadel Holder, and 17-year-old Michael
Miguel, who was shot dead on Monday morning
after a brawl a bar in Claxton Bay.
OTHER MURDERED TEENS
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