Relatives of 16-year-old Rohan Ayres, who was killed on Sunday afternoon during a shooting incident along St Paul Street, East Port of Spain, are calling for justice and peace in the community.
During a brief interview on Monday, Ayres’s relatives told the media the teenager was a pupil at Russell Latapy Secondary School and was an avid lover of football.
The relatives, who did not say much as they were still distraught over Ayres’s killing, then made a call for peace and justice in East Port of Spain.
In an unrelated incident, relatives of Anthony McConnie said the 22-year-old man was killed simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
McConnie was one of two men shot dead while liming with friends along Picton Road, Laventille, on Friday morning.
According to police reports, around 10.20 a.m., Keston Barrow, 24, and Anthony McConnie, both from Buller Trace, Laventille, were standing in the vicinity of Agard’s Supermarket when a red Mitsubishi Lancer car with two occupants pulled alongside them.
Without warning the occupant on the front passenger seat opened fire on the group of friends, hitting the two young men in the process. The vehicle then sped off.
Residents notified police as well as the emergency health services and both Barrow and McConnie were taken to Port of Spain General Hospital, but they both died while undergoing treatment.
McConnie’s brother said that his sibling was only outside the home because he was waiting for his stepfather to arrive.
“That’s all he was doing. He wasn’t in any gang thing or anything. He was just waiting for his stepfather and a car pull up and shoot down the place. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. My brother was a loving and kind person, and he gave no one any reason to hate him or want him dead. So this whole thing is just shocking to us all, but I know God doesn’t sleep,” said McConnie’s brother.