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Another youth dead

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Wednesday, June 4 2014

ANOTHER of this country’s youth has surrendered life to crime and lawlessness. This time, it was not bullets from a gangster’s gun but rather a savage beating which ended the life of another youngster.

Two days after he went missing, the body of 19-year-old Shakam De Reveneaux of Stephenville, Mapplands in Laventille was found in some bushes near a precipice in the Morvant area yesterday. He is the fourth person under the age of 20 to be murdered since Sunday.

According to a police report, at about 6.45 pm on Monday, officers of the Morvant Police Station’s Rapid Response Unit went to Upper Lady Young Road in the vicinity of Sunset View in Morvant, after receiving certain information.

De Reveneaux’s body was found wrapped in two bed sheets with a plastic bag over his head. The teen was found in a drain. On closer investigation, the police found the body bore a wound to the head.

Autopsy reports later confirmed De Reveneaux had been badly beaten and had wounds to his head and face. The report concluded that De Reveneaux died as a result of blunt force trauma.

De Reveneaux’s mother Rosemary Garraway spoke to reporters yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre in St James yesterday, saying she does not know why her son was killed.

“I don’t know my son to be in any negative things. He was always considered as a responsible person. He loved to play football and wanted to become a mechanical engineer. He was attending the Servol Life Centre studying auto mechanics,” the grieving woman said.

According to other relatives at the Centre, De Reveneaux was liming at a wake when he went missing. “The area where he lived, there was a wake for an elderly lady who had died recently. He was liming at the wake and received a phone call. This was Saturday evening. He left the wake saying he is heading to Nine Storeys in Morvant, to talk to a friend. And that was it. He never came home,” said a relative who asked not to be identified.

“His mother woke up Sunday morning and realized he was not home and when she dialed his cellular phone there was no answer. She grew worried because that boy was not the kind of person to stay out late or to ignore calls to his phone,” the relative said.

Relatives and neighbours began to search the district where De Reveneaux lived and contacted his friends asking if they had seen him. No one had. Yesterday, police officers received certain information which led them to Lady Young Road where the youngster’s body was found.

“It’s not just me or his immediate family who are hurting. This boy’s murder has affected the entire community where we live. You know how I found out that my son was dead? It was from the bawling and screaming of the neighbors. Apparently he was murdered in the area where the wake took place and his body was dumped off Lady Young Road,” Garraway said.

On Sunday afternoon, Morvant brothers Jadel Holder, nine, and Jamal Braithwaite, 15, were shot to death at their home in the presence of their mother. On Monday, 16-year-old Michael Miguel was gunned down outside a bar in South Trinidad. The murder toll to date stands at 186.

Police sources said they had no motive for De Reveneaux’s murder and no arrest has been made.

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