(Trinidad Guardian) Police believe a hit was called on the life police constable Kryston Ramirez. However, they say they are close to making arrests after receiving critical information and intelligence.
Ramirez’s relatives are meanwhile calling for “justice.”
Speaking with Guardian Media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, one of his relatives said Ramirez was passionate about his policing career and kept pursuing studies.
“He did forensic studies and other investigative studies just to keep improving on himself because he wanted to be and was striving to be the best police officer in the service,” the relative, who did not want to be named, said.
“He worked very hard for his children. One of them is five years and he worked very hard in trying to provide them with the best and make them the best children in the world.”
Ramirez was the father of three but lost one of his daughters a couple years ago due to illness.
Ramirez was assigned to the T&T Police Service’s Guard and Emergency Branch.
They described Ramirez as a “chatterbox.”
“I will always remember him to talk a lot but he was a very hard working, dedicated and well-loved person by all.”
One of his colleagues, who also wished not to be identified, described Ramirez as “more than ambitious.”
“He was the one who always had a word or two of motivation and encouragement for you. Always looking in on life from the positive side and always believed that he could have helped change this evil world and make that difference. He was an angel amongst us. Fly high my batch…Go with God and in Peace.”
Meanwhile, police sources believe Ramirez’s murder may have been linked to a brawl in the bar earlier Sunday. Ramirez worked at the bar part-time.
One theory suggests he had to put a patron out of the bar and that patron subsequently threatened his life.
Not wanting to disclose much about the investigations and if his murder was a directive from someone behind the prison walls, police said, “it is being investigated at all angles…and we cannot give a definite motive at this time but we are getting good information so far but what we can say is that Ramirez was the target as the gunman came for him with no doubt.”
Meanwhile, T&T Police Service Social and Welfare Association president Michael Seales again used this latest killing to call for officers to be armed “on and off duty.”
Speaking on CNC3’s Morning Brew yesterday, Seales said he got information that the gunman approached Ramirez through burglar proofed bars.
“So according to this information that I have, I am certain in my mind that this was, in fact, a hit on his life. The association has been advised that robbery has been ruled out and once robbery is ruled out we can say that it was a direct attack on an officer,” Sealed said.
Asked if he thinks his officers are under attack, Seales replied: “As per the motive behind it that would give us some clarity as to whether officers are under attack and I can say because of the heightened activities of the members of the police service we cannot rule out the fact that we are always constantly attacked and that is why we would have made recommendations that officers be armed at all times whether on or off duty.”
He added that some officers are already armed but believes the process needs to be speeded up and more firearms need to be acquired to allow the quickening of the arming process.
Seales said he did not condone the fact that the officer was moonlighting, which was against police regulations, but said his murder was now their main concern.
According to a police report, at about 2.30 pm on Sunday two masked men entered the Classy Bar at Carapo Main Road, Arima, where Ramirez was working his second job. One of the suspects, who was armed with a gun, pointed it at Ramirez and fatally shot him. Both men then escaped.