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Jack to pay for funerals

Fishermen slain at sea

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin nikita.braxton@trinidadexpress.com

WORKS MINISTER Jack Warner has promised to pay funeral expenses for the three fishermen who were missing at sea for three days before their bodies were found floating in the Gulf of Paria.

Pream Squiries, 45, and brothers Ravi, 26, and Kassinath Ramsaran,31, all lived in Warner's constituency of Chaguanas West.

Warner met relatives yesterday and pledged to pay the bills for the men's funerals and also for tents and chairs to be made available for mourners.

This was confirmed yesterday afternoon by adviser to the minister, Indra Maraj-Jaggesar.

The media was not notified that Warner was visiting the families yesterday morning and he was said to be in a meeting when attempts were made to contact him by telephone later yesterday.

Squires, of Longdenville, and the brothers, of Cacandee Road, Felicity, went to fish last Tuesday and were expected back by 10 a.m. the following day.

They failed to return.

On Friday, the men's bodies were spotted. Squires was found by Coast Guard officers two miles from the Sea Lots Fish Market in Port of Spain and the brothers off the northwest peninsula.

They were positively identified by family members who said they believed the men were killed after they were attacked and robbed.

The boat, which is owned by the father of the Ramsarran brothers, was found minus equipment on Thursday off Point Fortin, relatives said.

Police investigators reported evidence of gunshot wounds to the bodies of the men and that the hands and feet of the brothers had been bound.

An autopsy is expected to be done tomorrow. Ravi Ramsaran leaves behind a three-month-old baby and his brother a three-year-old daughter.

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