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July 13, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
RENUKA SINGH & RADHICA SOOKRAJ
Another bloody weekend in T&T leaves six
dead in 24 hours. Among them is a 13-year-
old boy who was gunned down just outside
Tragedy swept Trinidad s West, South and
Tobago between Friday and yesterday, leaving
families scrambling to come to terms with the
violence that entered their homes. The murder
toll for the year now stands at 237.
The tragedy began on Friday night when
Dayron Baker, 13, was killed mere metres from
his Cizan Trace home in Diego Martin.
The boy, a Standard Five pupil at the Patna
River Estate Primary School, left his home just
before 9 pm on Friday and was headed to his
grandmother s shop two houses away to buy
two band-aids when gunshots rang out.
His distraught mother Natalie Baggan said
even though she ran out and saw his bullet-
riddled body, she still could not believe her son
"I hear the shots and bawl out his name
because I know he now leave, and the shots
was so close, so loud," Baggan said.
Baker was the fourth of 14 children. When
the Sunday Guardian visited the scene yesterday,
the small children seemed to understand their
mother s grief.
One girl, Baker s younger sister, continually
stroked her mother s face, wiping away her
"He was always with me, always with me.
If I had to go anywhere, he was always coming
with me," Baggan said.
She said since the killing, she has had to
walk back and forth along the same path where
her son was murdered.
"When I run out last night and see his body,
his blood was running down the hill towards
my foot," she recalled.
"I have to pass there...it still have blood
there," she said.
Baggan and husband Dexter Baker said Day-
ron was never involved in criminal activity, but
they had a theory.
"I think they came for someone else, and I
think he saw who they were and they killed
him to keep him quiet," his father Baker said.
"The people had to know the area, they had
to know where they were coming."
During the short interview, Dayron s older
brother became visibly agitated.
"The police know who kill him, they know
who kill my brother and they keeping quiet,"
he said, walking off into the house.
Western Division Police, led by Senior Super-
intendent Ishmael David, have not ruled out
In a subsequent interview with the Sunday
Guardian, David said police investigators had
linked one of Dayron s relatives to criminal
"We do not believe it was mistaken identity,
we believe he was killed for his association,"
Police are continuing investigations.
Police are also investigating the murder of
a man in the Beetham. The man was not iden-
tified up to late yesterday.
The Sunday Guardian understands that
around 9.25 on Friday night, residents reported
hearing loud explosions near First Street. Mem-
bers of the Inter-Agency Task Force responded
and found a man, believed to be in his 20s,
with several gunshot wounds to his body.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead
on the scene.
Meanwhile, the mayhem continued in South,
where the mother of 32-year-old Corey Alexan-
der vowed that her son s killers would be caught
in three days.
Some time between 2 am and 6 am, intruders
entered the downstairs apartment of Alexander s
Siparia home. His body bore multiple chop
wounds to the neck and chest. Investigators
believe he was killed as he slept. His body, clad
in underwear, was found crouched at the base
of his bed.
Over $50,000 worth of jewelry, clothing, and
sneakers were missing from the apartment.
Mother Christiana Alexander, 54, dropped
to her knees and kissed the ground where the
murderers walked, vowing that within three
days they would be caught.
Alexander s mother pushed aside the police
and prayed over the bloodied corpse of her son,
who was expected to be baptised today at the
Couva Pentecostal Church.
Curtis, the murdered man s father, said he
last spoke to his son around 10.30 pm. "I went
to sleep after he came home and when I woke
up around 6 am, I saw his door open," Curtis
recalled. He said he woke up his wife and around
7.30 am she went to check on Alexander.
"It was heartbreaking because he did not
deserve this. He was our only child," Curtis
said. Christiana was inconsolable as she raced
around the house shouting praises to Jesus and
begging God to catch the killers.
"Let this crime be solved. I m giving it three
days. Thank you Jesus for the police and for
sending appointed people. I forgive you mur-
derers! Murderers, I forgive you!" she cried.
Police believe the killers ran through the back
of the house after committing the murder. A
source said, two weeks ago Alexander received
a death threat and reported it to the police.
At another murder scene at Sisters Road,
Hardbargain, relatives were mourning the death
of contractor Lisa Espinoza, 52, who was shot
in the back while she and her husband Ramesh
Ramdeo were paying wages. Police said the
workers were standing in a line waiting to be
paid, when the robbers approached and opened
fire. They snatched $30,000 in cash and took
off.The couple were sub-contracted at a con-
struction project off Rivulet Road, Couva. Senior
officers have since issued a warning to busi-
nesspeople to stop paying wages in cash.
In a separate incident, Marvin Campbell, 40,
of Sobo Village, La Brea, was also gunned down
on Friday evening while he sat outside Dream
Girls Restaurant and Bar at Vessigny Village.
Last night, two suspects aged 34 and 36, of
Morvant and Nelson Street, Port-of-Spain,
were in police custody.
Campbell s family, who migrated to New
York, were expected to return to Trinidad last
Police said Campbell was shot at around 6.15
pm. The killers sped off but police set up a
dragnet and intercepted the suspects at Dow
Village, Oropouche. Police found a 9 mm Glock
pistol in the car. Autopsies are expected to be
done on the bodies of Campbell, Alexander
and Espinoza tomorrow at the Forensic Science
Centre. Investigations are continuing.
6 people murdered in 24 hours
Natalie Baggan, 40, is comforted by eight of her 14 children hours after her 13-year-old son, Dayron Baker, was gunned down metres from their
home at Cizan Trace, Diego Martin. PHOTO: RENUKA SINGH
Meanwhile, in Tobago, a brazen daylight shooting in Scarborough, yesterday, left
businessman Nigel "Red Man" Fraser, 43, of Sangster's Hill, dead.
According to reports, the shooting occurred shortly after 10 am at Fraser's clothing
store, Red Man's Fashion, located upstairs the 7+7 Chinese Restaurant on Wilson Road.
The Sunday Guardian understands that Fraser was sitting in front of his establishment
when an unmasked man walked up to him and opened fire. He was shot in the abdomen.
He was rushed to the Scarborough General Hospital where he died while undergoing
Eyewitnesses said the assailant escaped in a gold Nissan Almera, registration number
A police source told the Sunday Guardian that robbery may have been the motive, since
Fraser's trademark gold chain with a pendant of the Coat of Arms of T&T valued at
$300,000 was missing.
Police have put out an all-points bulletin for the gold Nissan Almera. The occupants are
said to be armed and dangerous. People with information are advised to contact the
nearest police station.
This brings Tobago's murder toll to 4 for 2014. The Tobago Homicide Bureau is
investigating. ---Casandra Thompson
TOBAGO BUSINESSMAN KILLED
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