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Jadel and Jamal’s funeral tomorrow

By Rachael Espinet Monday, June 9 2014

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Jamal Brathwaite...
Jamal Brathwaite...

Michelle Holder, mother of slain brothers Jadel Holder, nine and Jamal Brathwaite, 15, still cannot face returning to her home at Petunia Avenue, Coconut Drive, Morvant because of the painful memories of the murder of her sons.

Jadel and Jamal were killed two Sundays ago, shortly after Holder cooked lunch for her family.

The two were shot multiple times by gunmen, while Holder and other relatives were in another part of the house.

Hours after her sons’ killings, Holder moved out of her home and is staying by relatives at an undisclosed location.

Jadel’s godmother, who requested anonymity, told Newsday yesterday that Holder has returned home every day since the boys’ murders to say prayers but she still cannot sleep there because of the memories associated with the killings.

“When the incident occurred on Sunday, she could not go back and stay there with all that blood. She could not go back and sleep, even for the night,” the godmother said.

The godmother said Holder did not “move out” of the house because of threats to her life, adding that she has not personally received any, but she feels safer now that she is living elsewhere.

Holder is now in the process, the godmother said, of planning her sons’ funeral which will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Simpson’s Funeral Home, Laventille, at 10 am.

According to police reports, on Thursday last, police were alerted to a threat on Holder’s life and after receiving the tip-off, officers of the Northern Eastern Division Task Force intercepted the alleged gunmen who were seen in the Mon Repos area.

Police suspect the gunmen were heading to Petunia Avenue.

According to reports, the policemen encountered the gunmen in Mon Repos who opened fire on them. The officers shot back, wounding 21-year-old Chaquille McCoy who was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he died. A .38 revolver with four live rounds and four spent shells were recovered at the scene of the shooting, police said.

Investigations continue.

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