Aspiring soldier gunned down outside Couva bar
A NIGHT out with his mother and younger sister ended fatally for Dillon Brown last Saturday as he was shot outside a bar while awaiting transport.
Brown had moments before ensured that his mother Ellen St John, 49, and sister Olivia Brown, 20, were safely on their way home.
The car had no room for him and he told his family he would get the next taxi.
But while he waited, a gunman opened fire outside the bar.
Police said that earlier there was an altercation inside the Couva club and three patrons were stabbed.
One of the men involved in the fight returned in a car with other men and began shooting, eyewitnesses said.
Brown, 22, of Stephen Street, California was shot multiple times around 4 a.m. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
The car the gunman had occupied was later found by police burnt in Roystonia, Couva.
Brown’s father Anthony Brown, 52, yesterday said his son aspired to become a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
“He worked as a handyman at a guest house but he wanted to become a soldier or an air guard,” he said.
The younger Brown also loved roller skating.
Anthony Brown who said he was a strict disciplinarian, insisted that his son was an innocent bystander as he would not have been involved in the altercation at the bar.
“I am a no-nonsense parent. If parents will be serious with their children, it won’t have anything like that going on. Parents should do what they supposed to do,” he said.
Brown said his wife and their two children would usually go by that bar and lime and had St John and his daughter not gotten a car, they too may have been shot and killed.
“I could have lost my whole family because of stupidness,” Brown said.
An autopsy is expected to be done on Brown today. Funeral arrangements are scheduled for this week.
Police continue their investigations and search for Brown’s killers.