The families of missing cousins Jerome and Dale Ramsahai are unable to accept that the men may have been murdered and their bodies torched inside the trunk of a car.
Government ministers, relatives, friends and strangers visited the families at their Seuradge Trace, Debe, homes yesterday, expressing condolences about the tragedy.
The families live next to one another.
The father of Jerome Ramsahai believes his son and nephew are alive and being held against their will.
Bhimal Ramsahai appealed to whomever was holding the men to release them immediately.
Ramsahai broke down in tears as he begged his son and nephew to return home.
"I don't want to believe that they have died, I want to believe they are out there somewhere. And I want to believe that they will come home and I am waiting for that," he said in an interview at his home yesterday.
Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education Fazal Karim visited the families yesterday.
Ramsahai said he was saddened by the rise in crime and appealed to criminals to put down their guns and join hands in creating a peaceful Trinidad and Tobago. "Let us live as one united, big family," he said.
And he sent a message to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
"Prime Minister, you have the power in your hands. As a prime minister you can solve this crime. Start back the hanging, start back putting things in place that the people in this country will put down their guns and watch up in the sky and look for the Lord," he said.
Ramsahai said the time had come for everyone to search for God.
"I want justice for this crime, whatever the situation. I have to get justice," he said.
Ramsahai said he was unable to identify the charred remains which were taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James last Friday.
"When I went to the Centre to review the remains they found, I couldn't identify anything. And I want to believe that they could be out there somewhere still, because up to now they haven't recognised if it is Jerome or Dale," he said.
Ramsahai said he spoke with his son last Thursday afternoon.
"My son and I share a very close relationship. I speak with him about two or three times a day. I spoke with him on Thursday afternoon," he said.
Ramsahai said his son never complained of threats to his life.
"He would have told me. But he never said anything like that. He was no gangster, he was a very decent man," he said.
At the house next door, Dale Ramsahai's mother wailed for her son.
Savitri Ramsahai wanted answers as to why her son was taken away from her.
Karim said, "This is a very difficult time for these families, both parents are not at the state of mind. They are distraught. I was just here to extend my condolences ... it is very unfortunate and sad," he said.
Karim said he was introduced to the family through Jerome Ramsahai's sister, attorney Liana Ramsahai.
Liana Ramsahai is the deputy chairman at State-owned Caribbean New Media Group (CNMG) and was screened as a United National Congress candidate for the Oropouche West seat in 2010.
The parents of both men have provided DNA samples to confirm their identities.
Jerome Ramsahai, 27, was employed as a business banking manager at Scotiabank Ltd, while Dale Ramsahai, 28, worked at the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries (TTCSI).
The cousins shared a rented apartment at Victoria Square, Port of Spain, where they stayed during the week. They returned to their homes in Debe on weekends, relatives said.
Police found the burnt bodies in the trunk of a burning car in the Heights of Guanapo, Arima, shortly after midnight last Friday.
The bodies, wrapped in barbed wire, were burnt beyond recognition.