saying goodbye: Five-year-old Vikash Chablal places a flower on the coffin of his father, Vishnu Chablal, during his funeral service at Caratal Road in Gasparillo yesterday. —Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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Cops on alert at funeral

Questions still in murder of tow-truck driver at home...

By Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

POLICE officers turned up at the funeral of slain tow-truck driver Vishnu “Toy” Chablal yesterday as questions still surround his murder.
Two police officers dressed in plain clothes stood among mourners at the funeral service, held at the home of Chablal’s wife and family, at the corner of Lightbourne Trace and Cara­tal Road, where he was gunned down on Sunday night.
His wife, Ria Jagdeo, wept quietly throughout the service, with their five-year-old son, Vikash, seated next to her, near the white-and-gold-decorated coffin.
In the eulogy by Chablal’s brother-in-law, Kabir Singh, Chablal was des­cribed as a devoted father to his four children and a man who was well-known and loved in the village of Rambert, La Romaine, where he grew up, and at his last residence in Bonne Aventure.
Chablal, who towed vehicles in San Fernando for more than three years, was shot dead by a gunman who ambushed him at his house at around 7.30 p.m.
He had minutes earlier pulled up to his home and was retrieving something from his house when he was shot in the head.
His son, Vikash, and wife were outside the house near the parked tow-truck when the gunshots rang out.
Singh said Chablal had taken pride in his job as a tow-truck driver.
“This was where he flourished, perfecting the art until he was considered the best wrecker operator in the business,” said Singh.
“Circumstances would have taken him away sooner than we would have liked, but those of us who knew him were blessed to have known someone like Toy.”
Officiant Rev Stephen Harri­persad called on his family and friends to seek God for comfort.
“Death has visited this home unexpectedly, leaving behind pain and sorrow,” said Harripersad. “Let God be your guide.”
At the end of the service, Jagdeo and son Viskash kissed Chablal and placed red and white flowers in the coffin.
Chablal’s body was also taken to his mother’s home in Rambert Village for last rites, then cremated at Mosquito Creek, La Romaine.
Police said investigators are uncertain over the motive for the killing.
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