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Petrina Salandy, who was shot dead on Sunday
morning while holding her five-month-old daugh-
ter Kayla, would have turned 40 yesterday and
her mother s one wish is that her killers now sur-
Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science
Centre, St James, yesterday, Judy Salandy said: "On
this day my daughter would have been 40 and I
just wish that everybody... let us come together and
love each other because that is what God want.
"Why allyuh don t want to love one another?
Why allyuh have to take my child? Whoever did
this please give up yourself."
Salandy said her daughter, a mother of five, was
a loving child. She said she was at home, having
been discharged from the hospital the day before,
when she was told that her second of nine children
"It not nice, it is unfair to see people who are not
involved in crime have to die for the people who
are involved in crime. My daughter maybe never
even hold a gun, why she have to die by a gun?"
According to police and eyewitness reports,
Salandy, of Clifton Street, East Dry River, was walking
along St Paul Street with her baby and three older
sons --- Lorenzo, 13, Raheem, 11 and Jaydon ---
through the area on Saturday around 11.45 am. At
the time, residents had set up roadblocks to protest
the fatal police shooting of Kishawn Daniel, 19.
A group of men armed with what were described
as machine-guns ran down the hill from an area
known as Block 8 and opened fire. Salandy and
Rohan Ayres, 15, a pupil of the Russel Latapy High
School, were both killed during the attack.
Relatives of Ayres did not to speak to the media
yesterday but said they wanted justice and peace
to return to the area.
While at the centre, Petrina s sisters --- Kirby and
Alicia --- had to be comforted as they cried.
"How they would do my sister that? Them people
wicked who kill my sister. I don t want this to happen
to no one again. I don t want anyone to feel the
way we feel. Repent and give allyuh lives to Christ,"
the sisters lamented as they were comforted by their
The T&T Guardian returned to the area yesterday
and was shown bullet holes the size of golf balls in
the walls of some residents homes. They said shoot-
ings were common in the area and urged the T&T
Guardian to return at night for a first-hand experience
of their lives. They said the area was like Baghdad.
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Law-abiding citizen apologises to cops...
for 23rd JUNE, 2014
I was stricken
by anger, grief
JENSEN LA VENDE
The brother of the latest man killed by
police has apologised for a statement
deemed a direct threat by the police hier-
archy, saying grief brought on by the death
of his sibling brought him to speak the
words he did.
"Sorry" was the first comment Kerwin
Rodriguez offered to the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, as he
was asked to comment on the threat he
made to the lives of police and their families
over the killing of his brother Kishawn Daniel,
19, at Desperlie Crescent, Laventille.
"I sorry for the statement I made towards
"It was just emotions and out of vexation
I said that and I am sorry for using that
remark. I hope they forgive me," Rodriguez
said, adding he was a law-abiding citizen
and had no criminal history.
He said his brother would not have been
foolish enough to have been carrying a
weapon having been searched by police
moments before he was killed.
In another interview with CNC3 in Laven-
tille yesterday, Rodriguez said he made the
comment on Saturday because he was angry
at the police for killing his brother. He
claimed police have since threatened to "deal
with him" whenever they see him alone.
Rodriguez s apology came one day after
head of the North Eastern Division Task
Force and vice-president of the Police Social
and Welfare Association, Insp Roger Alexan-
der, said Rodriquez s statement was a direct
threat to the welfare of police and their fam-
ilies and they would launch an all-out war
against criminals in response to it.
"Let us go to war! We have no choice but
to go to war! I have been saying this all the
time... eventually we will have to confront
these persons. We are at war," Alexander
said on i95 FM on Sunday.
"As far as we are concerned, this is an
all-out war. There is nothing to negotiate,"
he repeated to the T&T Guardian on Sun-
Alexander stands by comments
Murder victim's mom
wants killer to give up
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Alexander stood by
his initial statement, noting the threat and
recent shooting incidents against police
are signs of war.
Asked if he was accepting Rodriguez s
apology, Alexander said that was a matter
for acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to deal with, as he (Alexander)
does not negotiate with criminals. Calls
made to Williams s phone went unanswered
Alexander said he was not concerned
with the views of those who believed his
comments were irresponsible. He said some
people would wish to live in a bubble and
"cry like little babies when it burst" and
called on his detractors to live in the hotspot
areas before commenting.
Reports state around 12.35 am on Sat-
urday, police on foot patrol saw Daniel and
two other men acting suspiciously and as
they attempted to approach them, the men
opened fire on them. The police shot back
and Daniel was killed while the other two
Hours later, residents dragged debris across
access roads to Desperlie Crescent and set
it ablaze. They denied Daniel was shooting
at the police and claimed he could not have
been armed as he was searched moments
before by police who were on patrol.
MP for Port-of-Spain South Marlene Mc
Donald said on Sunday she intended to write
to the Police Complaints Authority for a
full investigation into Daniel s death.
He was the 30th person to be killed by
police for the year. (See page A26)
Judy Salandy, left, comforts daughters Alicia, centre, and Kirby outside the Forensic
Science Centre, St James yesterday, following the autopsy on her daughter Petrina
Salandy, who was killed while walking along St Paul Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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