Monday 9th January, 2006


Two gunned down in Freeport

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By Adrian Boodan

Two men were gunned down in central Trinidad on Saturday. Reports state that at around 4 pm, Wren Ramnarine, 22, and Gopaul Gopiechan, 45, were shot dead by three men while cooking in a shed at the back of their home at Ramkalyia Trace, Calcutta No 2, Freeport.

A distraught Prakash Ramnarine, Wren’s father, said yesterday that his son, Gopiechan, and another son, Shastri, 18, were boiling cassava in the shed when he heard some shots.

Ramnarine said he had left the group and went inside his house about 20 metres away.

He said he ran to the back and saw a “rasta-haired man,” a “red-skinned man” and a “tall man” running from the spot, and he started chasing them.

Ramnarine broke down in tears as he pointed to the hammock in which his son was sitting when he was killed. He said the two were taken to Couva District Hospital in a relative’s pick-up.

Shastri, who saw the shooting, is dazed. He said he was waiting on the phone to ring to get a call about Wren.

Shastri was taken for medical treatment yesterday morning by relatives.

Both brothers were TSTT contractors, while Gopiechan was a relative hired by the Ramnarines as a farm attendant.

Prakash believes a hit was ordered on his son. He said he received word that people were blaming his son for some dubious activities, and put up a $50,000 contract on Wren’s head.

He said he did not he did not take the threat seriously and did not pay much attention to it.

Prakash said jewelry from the dead men was snatched by the gunmen.

South homicide and Freeport police are continuing investigations.

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