came with the intention to kill him. These were
the words of anguish of grief-stricken relatives of Jairam
Ramlakhan, who was shot to death in his bar at Chanka
Trace, El Socorro, San Juan, on Saturday evening.
In support of their view, the family pointed out that
no money or valuables were taken from the bar. Police
are seeking three men in connection with the murder.
Homicide detectives at Arouca Police Station are conducting
Cries of pain, fear and outrage filled the familys
home yesterday as they set up a tent in preparation for
the wake of the 55-year-old proprietor of 4 Aces Bar.
Their anguish deepened as family members learned that
a videotape recording of the murder, captured by a surveillance
camera installed inside the bar, had reportedly gone missing.
Ramlakhan lived at the back of the bar at Lower El Socorro,
with his 24-year-old friend Shivanni and his 25-year-old
son Bruce. The upstairs portion of the house was under
Ramlakhans older sister Sumintra, said she and Bruce
were at her house next door to the bar watching TV at
around 5.30 pm when they heard an explosion.
came downstairs to investigate the noise and we see Shivanni
on the step. She bawl out they now shoot Jai in
said she (Shivanni) was in the bar when two men came in
and ordered a drink.
was behind the counter and it had another customer in
the bar. She say she went in the back to clean when she
heard a gunshot.
she peep in she say she see him (Ramlakhan) lying on the
ground covered in blood.
Residents said they saw a silver Nissan Almera parked
outside the bar with a man in the drivers seat.
Ramlakhan, whose wife and daughter are in New York, has
been running the bar for more than 20 years, according
They said he had recently begun closing the bar early
at 6 pm because most of his regular customers were frequenting
the neighbouring bars Crab House and K Mart.
Through the windows of the 4 Aces Bar, about six spots
of blood could be seen on the tiled floor with three tables
and eight chairs in disarray.
The counter at the right of the bar was separated from
customers by burglar-proofing and a cage containing a
parrot was on the left.
In another room at the back of the bar was a pool table.
In the centre of the bar was a burglar-proofed door with
the surveillance camera mounted above it.