(Trinidad Guardian) A 17-year-old secondary school student who is on suspension has been gunned down by an unknown gunman. De Shawn Hitlal, a Form 4 student of Sangre Grande Secondary School was killed while liming with friends at North Eastern Settlement, Ojoe Road, Sangre Grande, on Saturday night.
He was shot multiple times about his body and died while undergoing emergency surgery at the Sangre Grande Hospital.
Police reported that around 7:45 pm Hitlal was sitting with friends at the side of the road at the corner of Jacob and Road 6 in North Eastern Settlement when a white Hilux pulled up in front of them. A man alighted from the back seat of the vehicle and went straight to Hitlal and began shooting him about his body. His friends scampered into the nearby bushes and hid until the firing stop and the vehicle drove off.
Hitlal, of Ramoutar Extension, Sangre Grande, was still alive when he was taken by a passer-by to the hospital. He died while undergoing surgery.
Police officers led by ASP Remy of the Eastern Division and Homicide officers from Region 11, Arouca, PCs Ramdial, Maharaj, Wren, and Rattansingh were on the crime scene. Several spent shells were recovered. Police could not determine a motive for the killing of the student but believed it was a hit because of the number of times he was shot about his body.
When T&T Guardian visited Hitlal’s grandparents at their home, they were in shock.
The grandparents asked that their names be withheld and no photos taken of them. “We are all devoted Muslims and as such avoid having pictures taken,” they said.
The grandfather told Guardian Media that around 11:30 am on Saturday he was looking at the test match between West Indies and England on his television set when Hitlal told him he was stepping out and would return shortly. Hitlal never returned and around 8 pm, his grandfather was informed that he was dead.
“I remained in shock and was only convinced when a relative came and told me,” his grandfather said.
“He was a good boy, always respectful and obedient. As young men they cannot remain bored all the times…he had everything he wanted and only this week he asked for a television in his room.”
Hitlal’s grandmother said he lived with her since he was small. His parents are separated. His mother lives at Malabar and father at Arouca.
She said he was suspended from school along with other students, but did not disclose for what.
She said Friday he told her he was not going back to school and went to get registered for the MIC programme. “He returned home and we spoke, he told me he prefers to learn a trade,” she said.
Hitlal’s grandmother said she always engaged in conversations with him and advised him to be nice and kind to people.
“De Shawn always make me smile when he feels I am sad. I will miss my son. I am shocked and still remain in shock at the killing of my grandson.”
Hitlal’s grandparents are calling for justice.
Hitlal’s body will be taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, today.
PC Wren of Homicide Bureau Region 11, Arouca, is continuing investigation.