Labourer Kareem Dabreau was planning to do repairs on his family home and make preparations for his son’s christening when he turned one in November. But those plans were dashed when Dabreau and a female neighbour were ambushed and gunned down early yesterday morning.
When Sunday Newsday visited La Mango Road, Maracas, St Joseph, yesterday afternoon there were still bloodstains in the drain where the two bodies fell. Dabreau’s relatives had attempted to clean it. His mother, who asked not to be named, said her son, a 28-year-old laboure r, had gone liming with friends in Curepe. He returned home around 3 am yesterday and met his next-door neighbour, 17-year-old Alisha Bernard, who was also walking in. But the two never made it home but were shot dead by waiting gunmen.
Dabreau’s mother said she heard the shots and stumbled upon her son’s body. She said no one had threatened her son but she believes he was the target and Bernard was an innocent bystander.
“She just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
She said the police arrived about 10 minutes after the murder and she was surprised by the rapid response. She added, however, the perpetrators had already fled the scene. She said the area was relatively quiet but things started getting bad because of the youths. Back in April there was another murder on La Mango Road –two gunmen shot and killed Kareem Fernando as he read newspapers on some steps. Some residents have linked the violence to the murder of reputed Maracas/St Joseph gang leader Kerlan “Miceman” George in January.
Dabreau said the crime situation was going too far and “they not doing anything about it.”
“If policemen could be in crime what you leave for the bandits them? People doing things and getting away.”
Asked if she had confidence that those who murdered her son would be caught, she said she did not have much faith in the justice system. As Sunday Newsday drove away one male resident commented, “It sad. It sad. But that’s life.”
Investigations are continuing.