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Mom loses second son to murder

By Carolyn Kissoon

 LA Romaine mother Patricia Andrews yesterday mourned the murder of a second son, Keith Flemming.

Flemming, 22, was shot dead outside a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) apartment building in Ste Madeleine.

Relatives said he was attending a birthday party at a friend’s house when three gunmen approached around 9.50 p.m. on Sunday. Flemming was standing outside Building 5, Alexandra Lane, Corinth Hills.

His older brother, Sherwin Andrews, was chopped to death by two men who broke into his home in La Romaine three years ago.

Patricia Andrews, the mother-of-nine, said: “I am feeling numb right now. I feel I have no purpose in life. I am supposed to be there for my children, to protect them. I couldn’t save my sons.”

Flemming’s eldest brother, Aldwin Andrews, said, “My brother lives upstairs with my mother. Both of them went to church yesterday and they came home. He ate and then went to a party at a friend’s house in Corinth Hills. I don’t know what happened because I was not there. But I feel he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Andrews said his brother was employed as a part-time security guard. “And when he was not working he planted a small garden. His hand was very good, look at all his crop how nice they growing,” he said.

Andrews said he was asleep when a police officer called with the tragic news. “We went there and saw the blood on the ground. I can’t believe this happened again. My brother was killed three years ago and we still didn’t get over that,” he said.

Police said three masked men walked up to Flemming and opened fire, hitting him in the abdomen. He collapsed and the men escaped in a waiting car.

Residents contacted Southern Division Police and a team of officers led by Senior Supt Cecil Santana visited the scene. Flemming was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James found that Flemming died from a gunshot wound to the stomach. 

Flemming will be laid to rest following a funeral service on Wednesday.

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