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Chak, felled by police bullet, laid to rest

By Rachael Espinet Friday, June 13 2014

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IN GRIEF: Marsha McCoy is comforted by a relative after the funeral service for her son Chakiulle McCoy, (INSET) shot dead by police last week. His fu...
IN GRIEF: Marsha McCoy is comforted by a relative after the funeral service for her son Chakiulle McCoy, (INSET) shot dead by police last week. His fu...

Chakiulle McCoy, the 21-year-old who was shot dead last week b police, was laid to rest yesterday at the Tunapuna Public Cemetery following a funeral service at the St Dominic’s RC Church, Morvant. Scores of mourners attended the funeral service.

“This is the most heartrending experience that could have ever happened. I am certain he would be tremendously missed,” said his close friend, Melissa Cassano, who gave the eulogy on behalf of McCoy’s family and friends.

Cassano told mourners that McCoy had passion for life, for football, for music and for his six- month-old daughter, Alicia.

Cassano said the day he found out he would be a father was the happiest day of his life. She said he did not hesitate to spread the news, that he was going to be a father.

“When Chak found out he was having his daughter, Chak was beaming with pride and joy,” Cassano said.

McCoy was described as a helpful person who was always willing to assist his friends and family with anything, including painting.

Cassano said he had a deep love for music, and was a DJ.

Sharing anecdotes about McCoy’s life, Cassano said “if it was one thing everybody knew about Chak is that he loved to drive a car, and he did not have his licence. He had a passion and love for football. He loved to sweat. Chak would bathe and when he came out of the shower, they would call him to sweat, he would go again.”

Police reports state that last week Thursday between 9.30 am and 10.30 am, officers of the North Eastern Division Task Force were pursuing armed suspects believed to be on their way to commit a crime against a woman whose young sons, ages nine and 15, were gunned down last Sunday.

The officers had an exchange of gunfire with the suspects, wounding McCoy who was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Residents deny the police account, and said McCoy, working for a contractor, was in a drain which was under repair at Mon Repos Road. Police officers arrived in a vehicle and shot McCoy in front of co-workers.

Lay Minister, Richard Lynch, told mourners that the country was going through a dark time and there needed to be more prayers.

“Our country is going through a time of great darkness, but God is good . . . We have the power in prayer. If we pray as we ought to, our people will be delivered from the darkness,” Lynch said.

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