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Monday 19 March 2018
Crime and Court

Murder victim’s mom speaks forgiveness

Murder victim Brandon Khan's mother Marilyn Khan (left) and his wife Krystal Chankar-Khan console each other at his funeral held at the family's Chase Village home yesterday. PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH

Unable to contain her grief as she faced her husband’s casket, Krystal Chankar-Khan fled through the crowd of mourners gathered to pay their last respects to Brandon Joseph Khan yesterday.

When relatives were able to coax the young mother back to the funeral at the family’s Agostini Settlement, Chase Village home, she delivered a eulogy that left many people in tears, as she spoke about the love story she and Brandon shared.

Khan, 23, was murdered last Friday and his body found dumped in Chickland, Freeport, on Saturday morning. He had been shot in the head. His car was found parked a short distance away.

Khan and Chankar-Khan married in July last year and had a four-month-old son, Liam. Relatives said Khan was studying to become an emergency medical technician.

Chankar-Khan said, “He was educated, charming, hard-working and Brandon also had a romantic side no one knew about except me.

“I remember one Valentine’s Day Brandon came to my house with the biggest bunch of roses I had ever seen and I was too shy to come outside and he was even more shy than me, so he ended up driving off and throwing away the flowers.”

She broke down several times and had to be comforted by her parents, Brenda and Shawn Borneo.

“When Brandon found out I was pregnant, he was the happiest man on earth. He didn’t care if we had a plan or if we were financially stable, all he knew was from the moment he fell in love with this little human growing in my tummy that our lives had changed forever and that change was for the best.”

Khan’s mother Marilyn Khan said she believes her son’s soft heart led to his death.

“When he was a child, it was cute that he was so soft-hearted. You could get any toys and snacks from him,” Marilyn said. “But as an adult, it was his soft heart that led to his demise. He could not tell people no and he did so many things just to please people.”

Despite her grief, Marilyn said she forgave the people who murdered her younger son.

“Somewhere along his journey, he got distracted and he went astray. But his death was not in vain. Those people thought they killed my son, but they actually broke the chain and set him free. The cycle has been broken. They did him a favour. He can no longer face any guilt or any influence.

“Whoever did this, I forgive you and I pray you will turn to God and you will not take another life.”

Khan’s cousin, Arisa David, 25, was murdered at her Chase Village home on January 2. Her estranged common-law husband Joseph Bennet appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court charged with her murder on Monday. There has been no link between the killings.


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