(Trinidad Guardian) The mother of security officer Ricardo Dixon, 22, was on Thursday lost for words as she tried to come to terms with losing her second son in six years to violence.
Dixon left home at 5.20 am to pick up his first day of duties at Heller Security Services but was shot dead moments later.
His mother, Camille Taitt, 40, was in a state of shock and disbelief when she saw the body of her son, fully clad in his security uniform, lying on the roadway at Xeres Road in Carlsen Field.
Dixon was shot six times but was able to tell a passerby what happened to him minutes before he succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Police found five spent .40 calibre shells on the ground near his body. Dixon was the father of a one-year-old girl. Speaking with the Guardian Media on Thursday, Taitt said her son was very excited for his first day as a security guard and was looking forward to taking up duty.
“I woke him up at 5 am and walked him to the road and looked at him walking out for a taxi. I never knew what happened to him until I saw his body on Facebook”, she said.
“I do not know what to say about this crime situation. This is hard to deal with having lost my second son to murder. Just last month made it six years since my first son, Renaldo was stabbed to death in school at Waterloo Secondary School,” Taitt said.
Asked if her son was ever threatened before or was involved in any fight or argument with anyone, Taitt replied: “I don’t know and would never really know.”
However, another close relative claimed that Dixon’s life was threatened on many occasions but did not continue to say why.
At his home at Bhagna Trace, close neighbours and relatives gathered and described Dixon as a young man “with few words.”
“He never used to talk much…sometimes he would say good morning or hello when he is passing and then other times he would just go straight without saying a word,” said a neighbour.
Asked if he used to lime on the block or on the street regularly the neighbour said, “He would be seen with the other fellas around helping them out in whatever they would be doing…he was always around. We knew him as a baby growing up but sometimes when a child grows up and chooses their own path you can’t really say anything to them.”
Guardian Media reached out to Heller Security Services but we were told all supervisors and managers at the company were not available for comment as they were said to be engaged with the investigating officer and Dixon’s relatives about the case.
On May 26, 2013, Dixon’s older brother, Renaldo, who was 14 years at the time and a Form Three pupil, was stabbed three times and his wrist slit by a 16-year-old Form Five pupil of the said school. At the time of that incident, Renaldo and a schoolgirl were sitting on a bench at about 10 am when the other boy attacked him.
Dixon’s murder was recorded as the 238th for the year so far.