(Trinidad Guardian) The police officer slain at a Carapo bar yesterday may have been shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.
That is what his relatives believe as PC Kryston Ramirez was not scheduled to take up extra duty as the security officer for a roulette machine at the bar.
Dozens of onlookers gathered near Classy Bar, located at Carapo Main Road, south of Arima, as scores of police officers, some of them colleagues of the murdered officer, gathered at the crime scene.
The officer, who recently celebrated a decade in the TTPS, was assigned to the Guard and Emergency Branch in Aranguez.
“He didn’t deserve to dead so,” a relative shouted to reporters at the scene.
“He wasn’t even supposed to work today. They was calling the guy (who was supposed to work) but he wasn’t answering, so they call him,” another relative told Guardian Media.
Ramirez lived near the bar and had been employed in the past to protect the cash flow from the bar’s roulette machine.
The mother of Ramirez’s four-year-old child, Sharon Boisselle, was inconsolable and had to be supported by her sister and other relatives as they awaited Crime Scene Investigators to complete their sweep for evidence.
The roadway was temporarily blocked off and traffic piled up as officers conducted their investigations.
As the undertakers’ vehicle removed the officer’s body from the scene, about three hours after the murder, relatives and neighbours moaned in anguish.
Residents living near to the bar told Guardian Media that between 2.30 pm and 3 pm, they heard a gunshot and went to investigate. They saw a crowd gathered near the bar.
They said crime was not unfamiliar at the bar as, they claim, it had experienced a string of robberies, occurring “almost every other week”.
Initial reports indicated that Ramirez was shot during a robbery.
But an eyewitness claimed two masked men arrived to the bar and one of them shot Ramirez in the back of his head through the burglar-proofing. They did not set foot in the bar and escaped after the shooting. Ramirez was sitting on a chair and his back was facing the road when he was shot.
Relatives said they were at the family’s home, just one street away, with Ramirez’s daughter when they heard the tragic news.
Ramirez’s sister, Krystal Rogers described her brother as a hard-working person.
“He was a quiet person, don’t lime, don’t party, nothing.”
A three-paragraph statement from the TTPS on Sunday said that police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident with Homicide Region 2 conducting the enquiries. It confirmed that two masked men came to the bar and one of them fatally shot Ramirez.
The TTPS extended condolences to Ramirez’s friends and family.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith said he was unable to provide more information on the case.
Ramirez’s murder brings the country’s toll up to 504.