Four days after it was disclosed in an article in the Sunday Express that he was the personal security guard of a LifeSport director, 42-year-old Curtis Gibson was shot dead at his Malabar home yesterday.
Gibson, who was also known as “Tallman”, was the bodyguard of LifeSport’s Deputy Director of Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Sport, Ruth Marchan.
Marchan had hired Gibson as her bodyguard after she went public with a threat on her life and that of two senior officials at the Ministry of Sport following the suspension of the LifeSport programme to facilitate an audit by the Ministry of Finance.
At 8 a.m. yesterday, Marchan contacted Express’ investigative journalist Asha Javeed and stated: “Remember Tallman who was in the interview (with the Sunday Express)? The Imam’s son? Well they gunned him down this morning. This getting serious.”
Marchan said Gibson had links to the Carapo base of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen who were beneficiaries of the LifeSport programme.
She is now more fearful for her life.
“They come for him early this morning. Burst down his door. This is breaking news,” she said.
The Express understands that she has contacted several Government officials to help protect her.
Police sources maintained yesterday that the information they received was that Gibson was employed at the Public Transport Service Commission (PTSC), Port of Spain. However, they did not denounce the possibility that he may have been secretly employed as a security officer, and they were in the process of looking at all leads in their investigations.
According to police reports, at about 1.15 a.m. yesterday, Gibson was asleep with his pregnant wife at their home along Pomegranate Avenue in Malabar, when they were both awakened by a crashing noise. Police said when Gibson’s wife looked to the door of the bedroom, she observed a man armed with a firearm standing in the archway. Without warning the assailant raised his weapon and pointed it at Gibson and pulled the trigger, hitting the 42-year-old man about his body several times.
As quickly as he came, the assailant then fled the scene on foot, leaving Gibson’s wife uninjured, but next to the bloodied body of her husband.
The police and emergency health services were notified and Gibson was pronounced dead on the scene.
A party of officers from the Northern Division and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations visited the scene, and Gibson’s body was ordered removed by a District Medical Officer.
In an article published in the Sunday Express of June 22 titled “Loans for Criminals”, Gibson was mentioned by his nickname and had sat through the latter half of an interview Javeed had conducted with Marchan.
In the story, Marchan had identified “Tallman” as her security guard, and noted he was the son of an Imam, who is a member of the Jamaat-al- Muslimeen.
Marchan had also given the Sunday Express a series of text messages, dated February, March and April 2014, which she said was evidence there was a conspiracy to leak information from the Ministry. In these messages, “Tallman” was also mentioned.
One text read: “The Muslims killing the programme. Time has passed for their usefulness, since after the march last year. Need a solution.”
Another read: “Sending docs for u later. Depending on you and your friends. More to come.”
Another said: “Need help with situation with Ruth and Tallman URGENTLY!!!”