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‘They kill him one time’

By DARCEL CHOY Sunday, July 13 2014

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A Standard Five student is now dead after being shot several times as he was heading home, after visiting his grandmother’s house, in Cizan Trace, Diego Martin on Friday night.

According to police reports, Daryon Baker, 13, was walking along Cizan Trace at about 9 pm, when he was shot at. He later died on the scene.

Sunday Newsday visited the family’s home yesterday where his relatives said they counted 25 shots being fired. His grandfather, Tyrone Rajcoomar said Baker visited their home to get something at their shop and while walking back to his house, which was two houses away, he was shot.

“He bounce up the shooter. They come to do something to somebody else. He see who it is. They kill him one time,” said Rajcoomar.

Rajcoomar said that his grandson’s murder had nothing to do with any gang related activity.

“He have nothing to do with gang, he’s a baby, he didn’t do anything and that is what you call an innocent death and it won’t stop,” he said.

Baker’s visibly upset mother, 40-year-old Natalie Baggan, said when she heard the gunshots, she felt her stomach tighten.

“I start to bawl his name, then I faint away and then I see him calling for me, so I get up and I see him on the ground, and his blood running down to my foot,” she said with tears in her eyes. It is believed that Baker was running away from the shooter as family members said he was shot from behind. Baker, a student of Patna/River Estate Government Primary School, was Baggan’s fourth child of 14 children. Baggan said she does not know how she is going to carry on with her life.

“He was always helping me, he never smoke or drink. He was always with me, and they just take him away from me,” she cried.

Baker’s siblings surrounded their mother, with one wiping away her tears and others holding her. She said none of her children slept well on Friday night and some fell ill.

His father, Dexter Baker, described his son as a very peaceful and loving child. He said he was confused as to why someone would kill his child, especially like that, as he had no enemies. Police are continuing their investigations. An autopsy is expected to be conducted tomorrow at the Forensic Science Centre, St James.

Baker’s death pushes the number of teenagers gunned down for the year so far to 19 in a total murder toll of 233.

They are:

* Ishmael Bain, 19, who was killed on Nelson Street in Port-of-Spain on January 6.

* Jabari Thompson, 19, was shot and killed in La Horquetta on January 15.

* Aleah Cain, 15, was shot and killed in Belmont on January 21.

*Corvin Anthony, 18, was shot and killed in Malick on February 1.

*Akile De Silva, 19, was shot and killed in Carenage, on February 8.

*Jeremy Thomas, 19, was shot and killed in Curepe on February 23.

* Ishmael Alleyne, 18, was shot and killed on St Paul Street, Port-of-Spain on March 2.

*Ackinton Walker, 16, was shot in Barataria on March 9, and succumbed to his injuries later that day at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.

*Kenkerishe Gumbs, 16, was shot and killed in Laventille on March 31.

*Kriston Gibbons, 19, was shot and killed in Malick on April 12.

*Akil James was shot and killed in Morvant on April 20.

*Christian Gomez, 17, was shot and killed in Valencia on April 28.

*Josiah St Hill, 19, was shot in El Socorro on May 28, and succumbed to his injuries later that day at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

*Brothers Jamal Brathwaite, 15 and Jadel Holder, nine were shot and killed at their home in Morvant on June 1.

*Michael Miguel, 17, was shot and killed in Claxton Bay on June 2.

*Rohan Ayres, 15, was shot and killed on St Paul Street, Port-of-Spain on June 22.

*Kern Catena aka Mad Max, 19, was shot and killed in Laventille on July 6.

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