An Arouca man was killed by his own car on Tuesday, after he got into an altercation with a group of men. In a conversation with the mother of the slain man, Newsday was told he got into the fight after he was caught in a house with the mother of another man’s child.
Karen Henry, the mother of 25-year-old Akeem “Bean” Reid, said yesterday she always joked and told her son that women would lead him to his death, but she did not know that it would really come to pass. Yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, she told reporters of the circumstances leading to Reid’s death.
Newsday was told that on Tuesday morning Reid and a group of friends visited the home of a female companion on St John Road. The group had just come from a party the night before.
While at the home, the group of men, tired from partying the night before, fell asleep at the home. Newsday was told at about 8 am, while the men were sleeping, the woman received a call informing her that the father of one of her children was coming to the house.
The woman frantically woke the men and told them they had to leave, but it was too late. The father of the woman’s child arrived before they could get away.
The men tried to escape in the vehicle they came in, but the man, livid from seeing a group of strange men in his house, snatched the keys, and threw them a short distance away. Reid, his friends, and the man then got into a scuffle.
During the scuffle the man called for assistance from friends in the area, and a group of men showed up. The scuffle then turned to a full-fledged brawl.
During the brawl one of the men grabbed the keys to the car which Reid arrived in, started it, and Ran Reid over with it.
He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Centre, but he succumbed to his injuries later that day.
Henry told Newsday that her son was a “One in a million child”, who was a jack of all trades, but mastered joining. She said he had just registered a business, and was having talks with executives in a regional corporation, in an attempt to secure a contract.
“They killed my only child,” Henry said, “He went to YTEPP to make something of himself, and learned business management. He was so innovative that he would fix everything in the house, even the fuse box for the electricity at home.”
Henry said that he and the woman had been in a relationship for about five months, but she did not know if he knew whether or not the woman was in another relationship.
While no arrests have yet been made in the case, police sources say that Homicide Region Two has taken over investigations.
This is not the first of recent incidents where a car was used as a murder weapon. In July, 17-year-old David Sancaro was killed by a 38-year-old South Oropouche man with a vehicle. The teenager intervened as the man was beating a woman, and he got into his car and ploughed into the young boy, then reversed the car on him.
The killer has since been arrested and charged for the teenager’s murder.