HEART GIVES OUT
By Darcel Choy Tuesday, April 22 2014
Minutes after learning of her 17-year-old cousin’s murder, 64-year-old Marjorie Hutchinson suffered a heart attack and died.
On Sunday night, Akil James was playing football near the basketball court at Chinapoo Road, Morvant when he was shot several times about the body.
According to police reports, officers of the North Eastern Division found James who was later pronounced dead by the District Medical Officer. His body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James where a post mortem is to be conducted today.
According to relatives, this tragedy was not the first for the family as Hutchinson’s daughter, Eugenia Phillip and grandson, Abraham Hutchinson, both died last year. Abraham was killed and his mother, Phillip, suffered a stroke after hearing of his murder and later died.
When Newsday visited Hutchinson’s home, off Laventille Road, yesterday, her son Michael said she raised James who they lovingly called “Boo Boo” as her own child. Michael recalled the hours before the death of his loved ones.
“About after two, my mother tell Boo Boo to wash his clothes before he do anything because she was going out the road to come back. Boo Boo disappeared and went to play football in Chinapoo and everything was normal. Me and my mother were sleeping and a fella come after ten and told us, ‘They now kill Boo Boo’. They woke her up and tell her and when she hear the news she run to me and my mother tell me, ‘my chest hurting, rub my chest’, and I told her everything will be alright,” he said.
After trying to reassure his mother that everything was okay, Hutchinson lost consciousness while he held her. The family contacted an ambulance and while taking her to a hospital, Hutchinson died. Michael said his mother never had heart problems before and he believed her heart just gave up after she heard of James’ death.
“She raised him from small, so that hurt her, that make her heart give up,” he said.
Michael said James was not a bad boy as he was heavily involved in the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force where he played the drums.
“He had plans after the cadets to go straight into the army. He was no bad boy, everybody around the neighbourhood know Boo Boo. I don’t know why them fellas kill him. Only them alone could tell God why they do that,” he said.
A relative said she was fed-up of the crime problem and wanted it to stop.
“I can’t take it, everyday, somebody getting killed , and what is the reason for all of this?” she said.
James’ death follows the murder of two men over the Easter weekend. On Friday morning, a body of an unidentified man was discovered in a track in the Cocorite area and on Saturday night, a man only identified as Pampino was shot while playing cards with a group of men at Mercer Road, Diego Martin. The murder toll is now at 135.