Who was really the target of Monday’s brutal attack at Pelican Extension, Trou Macaque, Laventille?
Was it taxi driver Devon Fernandez or schoolboy, Joshua Andrews?
One thing is certain – the attack on the Almera car in broad daylight and in front of eyewitness, was a reprisal for the murder of Andrei Perriera in the same area last Sunday.
Is it true that Andrews was the target and that he was a member of a gang? His family say no as he was home when Perriera was killed.
Fernandez’s relatives said he was too hardened as he was warned about plying his taxi in that community because of the unpredictable criminal elements there. But he did not heed the advice as he thought because he was well-known, he would not be targeted.
Relatives said if Fernandez, 33, had not been so naive, he and Andrews, 15, may still be alive.
One added, “It is not like his mother didn’t talk to him or his father didn’t talk to him. They would tell him that he was working taxi in a territory that any number could play, but he would say everybody knows him. ‘Fatboy is a nice boy’ he would say.
Places that people who born and bred there would not go, he felt it was okay for him to go because he always said he wasn’t in anything.”
His wife, Crystal Fernandez, said she had spoken to Fernandez 15 minutes before he was killed. She said he had dropped her home after assisting her with transporting a Christmas tree and decorations from her work, a private school in Woodbrook. She said he asked her if she would like to go with him to transport some school children, but she opted to stay at home and study.
Minutes after, her sister told her about the incident.
Crystal added, “I could not believe it when she told me. But when I got to the scene and I saw everyone looking at me, I knew it was true. I tried to see him at the scene but the police would not let me. He was supposed to take me to dinner for my birthday next week.”
Crystal described her husband as loving, supportive and comedic. They had been married for ten years. Autopsies performed on Tuesday revealed that Fernandez and Andrews died from gunshot wounds.
The response to Monday’s killings resulted in a lock down of Trou Macque on Tuesday.
About 150 police and soldiers carried out searches for illegal arms and ammunition.
Twelve persons were detained for firearm offences as well as outstanding warrants.
Residents of Trou Macaque welcomed the team and pleaded with the officers to find the heavily-armed gang members who continue to instill fear among law-abiding citizens in the community.
A young mother asked for round-the-clock patrols especially between 2pm to 4pm when school children are on their way home.
The murder toll stands at 23 for the year.
One suspect remains in police custody.