Beheaded man’s family won’t return to T&T
Jensen LaVende email@example.com
TWO of Michael Piper’s three sons said that their father was a source they could usually turn to for good advice.
Piper’s severed head was discovered on Nelson Street on Monday morning around 6.15 a.m., some feet apart from his body in an abandoned lot.
Police are clueless as to a motive for his death. Some have theorised, that he may have been beheaded because of his involvement with another man’s wife, while others have said he might have been identified as a “snitch”.
Whatever the reason for his killing, his relatives residing in Toronto, Canada, believed he did not deserve to die in that manner, and have vowed not to return to Trinidad and Tobago.
Piper, 51, was deported from Canada about 17 years ago, when his youngest son Troy Davis had just entered his teen years.
In a telephone interview with Troy and his older brother Jason Piper yesterday, the sons said their father was their go-to man for advice, who kept an open mind.
Jason, 33, said he often communicated with his father—who he last saw in 2001—via Facebook, and most recently chatted with him about two weeks ago.
Davis, 30, said he would most miss his father’s readily available advice, and said in their last conversation, his dad boasted of how he loved Trinidad and Tobago, but hated the crime situation.
In a brief interview with the Express yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson said he has appointed a team of officers to look specifically at Piper’s murder.
Richardson felt the serious nature of the crime and the place where he was found warranted such an approach. He assured that police are doing everything possible with the resources available, but would only say of the investigation that officers are working around the clock.
Piper’s sister, Sharon, who also spoke with the Express, said she would not be returning as she was saddened by the crime situation in the country. She said her deceased brother and another living in the US would normally throw Christmas parties in Trinidad, specifically in Laventille, and wondered if his killers or their children were recipients of his generosity.
She would normally send her brother barrels of various items, some of which he would often sell, and added that she was preparing to send him another barrel.
Piper said she was informed that residents heard her brother’s screams and did not call the police. She said that they too are responsible, adding that the killer or killers could possibly turn on them or their loved ones.
Piper said the third of her brother’s children Duane, has “shut himself off” from everyone and has been trying unsuccessfully to have the images of his father’s decapitated body removed from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
Piper said her brother will be cremated and his ashes flown to Canada, where his sons and grandchildren live.