Boy, 16, shot dead
By CECILY ASSON Tuesday, June 3 2014
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A MOTHER'S GRIEF: Leela Sahadeo, left, is comforted as she leaves the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday where an autopsy was done on her mur...
A TEENAGED dropout of the Sport Ministry’s Life Sport Programme was gunned down outside a bar in Claxton Bay, during the early morning hours yesterday.
Michael Miguel, 17, is the third young person to be murdered between Sunday and yesterday following the shooting deaths of Morvant brothers Jadel Holder, nine, and Jamal Brathwaite, 15, on Sunday afternoon.
Police said Michael’s death came shortly after he confirmed to some men at the bar that he was the brother of Marlon Miguel. The men who asked him if he was Marlon’s brother left the bar. At 3.30 am, another group of men went into the bar and opened fire on Michael.
The teen was shot several times and collapsed onto the roadway after staggering out of the bar. He died at the scene. Police said Michael was shot to his chest, neck and head. His brother Marlon, relatives later told Newsday, is in prison.
Fellow limers Wayne Richards and Shakeel Duncan, were also shot as they were trying to run off. Up to press time, both Richards and Duncan were warded at San Fernando General Hospital.
Michael’s weeping sister Nikkesha Miguel, 19, told Newsday that at about 2 am yesterday, Michael was sleeping at their Lady Hailes Avenue, Embacadere, San Fernando home when their neighbour and friend Anthony Cummings, 19, woke him up to go out.
Nikkesha said that her mother Leela Sahadeo told Michael not to go out and lime at that hour in the morning but he said not to worry about him. Two hours later, Cummings returned to Sahadeo’s home with the news that her son was dead on the road.
Miguel said her brother was an avid sportsman in his community playing basketball and football and became enrolled in the Life Sport basketball programme at Pleasantville Sporting Complex. She claimed he was forced to drop out of the programme a few months ago because of gang rivalry between the Broadway Boys (who control the area where Michael lived) and the Pleasantville Boys.
“He stopped going to the sports camp because of the gang warfare between Pleasantville Boys and Broadway Boys. Since then he was home doing nothing because he was underage and could not get a job,” Nikkesha said.
Her brother, like many other teenagers, she said was a victim of peer pressure, kept bad company and liked to have his own way. “He could have been anything he wanted to. He loved playing basketball and that’s why he went into the Life Sport programme. His first love was really football,” the hurting sister said.
An autopsy done yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James confirmed Michael was shot several times and cause of death was massive haemorrhaging.
Up to press time, no arrest was made and a team of officers led by Supt James, ASP Williams and others is spearheading investigations.