Penal man, 19, shot dead /

Reno Ram­sub­hag, 19, got up yes­ter­day morn­ing not on­ly to go to work, but for a spe­cial task—to pick up his preg­nant girl­friend from the clin­ic.

Sad­ly, Ram­sub­hag, a dri­ver at a Siparia sawmill, was gunned down near his Pe­nal home around 5.45 am as he en­tered his com­pa­ny’s van to leave for work.

The Nis­san Fron­tier was parked along Jhu­lai Trace, Pe­nal Rock Road.

He lived with his fa­ther.

Po­lice said he was sit­ting in the dri­ver’s seat when he was shot. Ram­sub­hag’s fa­ther heard the gun­shots and ran out­side to find his son slumped over the front pas­sen­ger seat bleed­ing from wounds to the head. A man was seen run­ning from the scene.

Po­lice said Ram­sub­hag was not known to be in­volved in any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

While in­ves­ti­ga­tors try to as­cer­tain a mo­tive, rel­a­tives were al­so clue­less as to why some­one would want him dead.

In an in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia, his 19-year-old girl­friend, who did not want to be named, said she last spoke to him on her cell­phone around 3 am.

The young woman, who is due to give birth to their first ba­by, a girl, in Ju­ly, said they had planned to get mar­ried soon af­ter the ba­by was born. While she still lives with her par­ents, she was grad­u­al­ly mov­ing her be­long­ings in­to his home.

In prepa­ra­tion for his new fam­i­ly, Ram­sub­hag was ren­o­vat­ing his bed­room.

«This morn­ing, he sup­posed to come for me in the clin­ic for me to go home by him, be­cause I had clin­ic in Pe­nal,» she lament­ed.

She said the strange thing is that she had pain around the time that he was mur­dered.

«I get up ear­ly and I don’t get pain but ran­dom­ly this morn­ing, around 5.45, the ba­by start to pain, like re­al bad, and I get up and watch around to make sure noth­ing there. Ten min­utes lat­er, I get a call say­ing that he died,» she said.

De­scrib­ing him as a de­cent and hard­work­ing per­son, she said as far she knew, he had no is­sues with any­one.

Ram­sub­hag’s cousin, who al­so re­quest­ed anonymi­ty, said he was the on­ly child of his fa­ther.

While they want jus­tice, she said, «At the end of the day, it would just be an­oth­er per­son die that went un­der the mat and noth­ing would come out of it. Thing hap­pen­ing and peo­ple afraid to speak out about it.»

Not­ing that Ram­sub­hag’s birth­day will be on May 29, she said they had planned to cel­e­brate to­geth­er since her birth­day is five days be­fore his. Po­lice sources said a few weeks ago, Ram­sub­hag was the vic­tim of a rob­bery at his work­place.

Of­fi­cers of the Homi­cide Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions Re­gion 3 are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.


LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian