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Relative of used car dealer shot dead

By Gyasi Gonzales gyasi.gonzales@trinidadexpress.com

THE NEPHEW of Steve Ramnarine, who owns Bicks Auto, was shot dead outside a bar in Bamboo Settlement Number Two on Monday night, during what police investigators described as a kidnapping gone wrong.

However, residents in the area where the murder occurred said the victim, 22-year-old Shiva Ramnarine, had a habit of liming with “bad influences” and they said that was what may have led to his demise.

The Express was told that around 8.30 p.m., Shiva Ramnarine was liming with friends outside River View Bar at Nabbie Street, Bamboo Settlement, when a black sport utility vehicle stopped near the group.

A gunman got out and ordered Ramnarine and his four friends to lie on the ground. 

The gunman then tried grabbing Ramnarine to place him into their vehicle, but he kept fighting them off.

A violent struggle ensued, during which the gunman fired a single shot at the man.

 As he fell, the gunman began to drag him into the SUV, but despite his injuries he still continued struggling.  The gunman then fired three more shots at him, hitting him in the head. The gunman then re-entered the SUV which sped off.

Ramnarine was taken to Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex at Mount Hope where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Relatives of Ramnarine were at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park yesterday.

His father, who did not want to be identified by name, said: “He was a very, very good young man. I had no complaints and he was quite a humble and joyful fella.”

The Express was told by other sources that Ramnarine had his own firm, which bought and sold cars. He also rented cars as well.

Reporters also visited the area where the bar is located.

Residents there described Ramnarine as pleasant, but also as a person who kept questionable company.

They said he smoked and drank with these “bad elements” and they believe that it was they who may have tried to “set him up” to be kidnapped.

Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.

The murder toll for the year to date stood at 367, while the figure at the same time last year was 364.

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