An 18-year-old man is dead, killed by an air guardsman of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, following an attempted robbery in Carenage yesterday morning.
According to police reports, shortly after midnight yesterday, five men, including the Air Guard officer, were fishing at Carenage Bay when they were approached by two men.
The two enquired from the group if they had any additional bait to share. However, during the course of their conversation, one of the two assailants pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the group, while announcing a robbery.
The air guardsman pulled out a licensed firearm which he had on his person and fired shots in the general direction of the two men.
The two assailants fled the scene into the forested area near the bay.
The police were notified and a party of officers from the Western Division, under the supervision of Senior Supt Ishmael David, visited the scene and combed the area for the assailants.
A short distance away from where the incident took place, the officers found the body of 18-year-old Keron Joseph, of Mt Pleasant Road, Carenage, lying on the ground in a pool of blood.
He was pronounced dead on the scene by a district medical officer and his body ordered removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where an autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.
At the centre yesterday, Joseph’s relatives said they were still trying to come to terms with the incident, but they believed Joseph’s death was a result of the company he kept.
Joseph’s father, Michael, noted that his son was a “good boy” who “fell in with the wrong company”.
“He wasn’t bad, you know. He was a good boy usually. He loved football and music. It’s just that he was harden and fall into the wrong company and no matter what you tell him he wasn’t listening to you.
“I had a problem with him liming with some of the boys in the area because the things they stand for now is not what I stood for. But he didn’t listen at all to me.
“If things did indeed take place the way that the police said and he was killed during a robbery, then I really don’t know who to blame,” said Michael Joseph.