THE anguished family of Michael Piper, the man found beheaded in Port of Spain on Monday, has described him as a humble and loving sibling, uncle, father and grandfather, whose dignity was taken from him at the moment of his death.
Relatives defended his character, saying that 51-year-old Piper had no gang affiliation, and despite drug issues, did not deserve such a death.
Piper's head was found at Nelson Street and his body - hands and feet tied - in a nearby open lot.
An autopsy report stated that his cause of death was decapitation.
Piper was described as a patriot who chose to live in Trinidad, despite the majority of his relatives residing in Canada. His sister, Sharon Piper, who lives in North America, emailed Caribbean Communications Network, to let citizens known about Piper, who lived at Chaconia Avenue, Morvant.
She wrote "Michael was my 51 year old brother who had a birthday coming up at the end of September. It sickens me to see what they did to my brother, no one deserves to die like this. I wonder what he could have possibly done to make someone want to do this to him.
For the record, some of the content in your article is incorrect. I would hope that you would like to clarify the report as my brother had his dignity taken away from him at the time of his passing. Let me clarify for you:
1. Michael was 51 years old
2. Michael had No pending cases before the courts
3. He was in no way shape or form affiliated with any gang, at any time...ever
You see I don't want the fact that Michael had some issues with drugs some time ago to over shadow the fact that he was a human being who deserves justice and certainly did not deserve to die the way he did. I don't want your viewers to assume that he was in to drugs or gang affiliation which may have contributed to his murder.
Michael was a victim but more important, Michael was a son, brother to 8 siblings, a father of 3, grandfather to 7 children and an uncle to 22 nieces and nephews.
No matter what hand he was dealt, he kept his sense of humor. He was humble, loving, caring and patient. He loved Trinidad...so much in fact he chose to stay there while the majority of his family was in Canada. He wrote just the other day on his Facebook page, how proud he was of his homeland, despite its shortcomings and overwhelming violence. That same gruesome violence that would take his life days later after writing about the country he loved so much".
Today is truly a sad day for everyone. The world has lost an amazing, wonderful person who just started to live his life, the best was yet to come.
Our hearts have been ripped out.
Thank you for your time.
(from the Multimedia Desk)