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Student, 26, gunned down

By Ryan Hamilton-Davis Wednesday, July 9 2014

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Keston Redhead...
Keston Redhead...

An execution style killing was how pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov described the murder of 26-year-old Keston Redhead in Malabar, Arima early yesterday morning.

Redhead, a student of College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of TT (COSTAATT), had witnessed the murder of his grandfather four years ago and relatives believe his killing was linked to that incident.

According to police reports, Redhead was standing on the corner of Koon Koon Road, Malabar at about six am, awaiting transport for work, when he was approached by a gunman who shot him several times. Police responded to reports of gunshots in the area and discovered the bleeding man on the road. Police rushed him to the Arima District Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Redhead’s grandmother, Monica Kilgour, heard the gunshots just after Redhead left their Malabar home for work.

“This morning he get up after five,” she told Newsday. “When he going on mornings he tells me. He said, ‘granny I outside’, I said, ‘alright son’. All of a sudden I heard these gunshots start to ring out. I said, ‘Lord I wonder if is Keston’. I went back inside and I got on the phone and called him, but I couldn’t get on to him at all so I start to get suspicious.” She said her neighbours came around at the same time and she asked them if they knew what had happened.

“One man said they now take up a fella and carry him to the hospital, but he was not dead,” Kilgour continued. “I went to another neighbour who said that she heard when Keston opened the gate. She was talking until she started to cry and say that she felt it was he who got shot.”

Kilgour said the police came after and told her that Keston was in the hospital. Although the police offered the family a lift to the hospital, Kilgour decided to travel with a neighbour.

She said when she got to the hospital, one of the officers called her into an office and told her to sit down.

“As soon as I heard that I just started to bawl,” Kilgour said.

An autopsy report done by Alexandrov revealed Redhead was shot from a distance six times, and was fatally shot in the head once.

Kilgour suspects her grandson’s death could be linked to the murder of his grandfather, Alvon Roberts, who was shot during a robbery at their home four years ago. Monica said Keston witnessed the incident and saw the killers’ faces. She said one man was held for the robbery, but the real killer was still at large.

“I don’t know who did this, but I feel is him,” Kilgour said. “He (Keston) was a witness in a case.”

The bitter grandmother said she is using all of her God-given strength to deal with losing her grandson.

“I feel weak from the time I heard those gunshots and I could not get onto my grandson,” Kilgour said. “I started to get nervous. Keston used to play football and he used to go to dance class. He was a nice child.”

“God does not give you more than you can bear,” Kilgour moaned, “And the person who did this to my grandson just securing their place in hell. What that person did is not going to pass just so. Trouble have to take them. The same thing what they do my grandson, someone will do them back.” The murder toll now stands at 223.

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