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Saturday 17 March 2018

Family still to come to terms with joyful barber’s murder

Richard Ramos Carmona, Tobago’s 11th murder victim

Avion Duke, cousin of murdered barber, twenty-eight-year old Richard Ramos Carmona, has no faith that his killer/s will be brought to justice and does not see the police ever making an arrest in the matter.

She said the entire family was still trying to come to terms with Carmona’s untimely death.

“The family is trying to cope with such a great loss. I am not confident that anything will ever come out of this or anyone will be held,” she told Newsday Tobago.

Duke described Carmona, a former Success Laventille Composite student, as a joyful, funny and loving person.

“Ramos was very jolly, he was someone who would make you smile no matter the situation,” she said.

Noting that Tobago has recorded twelve murders for 2017 to date, compared to six in 2016, seven in 2015, eight in 2014 and four in 2013, Carmona’s fiancé, Sherece Noray, described this as ‘unacceptable’.

“I think it is ridiculous for a small island. We really have to pull ourselves together as citizens to make Tobago safe again,” Noray said.

Police reports state that on November 18, Carmona was found by police officers out on patrol, slumped in the front seat of his white Mitsubishi Lancer shortly after 1.45 am along the Windward Road, Blenheim, Mt St George by police. He had bullet wounds about the body. The car was parked and its ignition on as well the headlights near to the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Institute, on the road leading to the Prime Minister’s official Tobago residence.

Carmona, a barber, was living in Mason Hall for the past seven years but was originally from San Juan, Trinidad.

Police say investigations are continuing.


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