NISHAD MOHAMMED's love for fixing vehicles led to him leaving home on Saturday in search of parts for his van.
Hours later, he was shot dead during a robbery a short distance away from his house.
His only sibling, Nadia Mohammed, said she takes comfort in knowing her elder brother was doing what he loved (fixing vehicles) before he died .
Nishad Mohammed was repairing his van at his Navet, Rio Claro home when he left around 2 p.m.
He was expected back later that evening to cut the grass as part of the Christmas cleaning, Nadia said.
Family members instead received a call that he had been killed.
Police said it was around 10 p.m. Mohammed, 26, was liming with friends at the Triangle Too Amphitheatre and Sport Club on Tabaquite Road, Rio Claro when a man with a gun emerged from nearby bushes.
Mohammed, a dispatcher at ASCO Trinidad, was shot in the head and his friends were robbed by the man who escaped.
Nadia yesterday described her bother as a people person who loved music and cars.
"He would fix the neighbour's car, my car, any car," Nadia said.
Nishad was set for giving gifts for Christmas and told Nadia that he had paid down on one for his girlfriend, Shelly Rampersad.
The nature of the gift is yet to be known.
Nadia said her brother had also planned to marry Rampersad in the new year.
Investigations are continuing into his death.