TRINIDAD – Shot dead for $50,000 chain
PORT OF SPAIN – Shervon Lewis’ last few hours alive was spent arranging with his mechanic to sell an old car and discussing with relatives his intention of selling his $50,000 gold chain to purchase a new car.
Around 6.45 p.m., he left his Cane Farm, Trincity home to buy doubles along the Eastern Main Road, in the carpark of LB’s Supermarket wearing the chain.
One relative saw him and did not advise him to take it off saying his response would have been, “Don’t jumbie me”.
Police said around 7 p.m., two men accosted Lewis demanding the chain. He refused and attempted to fight them off, where upon he was shot repeatedly.
The men snatched off the chain, as Lewis fell to the ground, fired two shots in the air and fled the scene, an eyewitness told police.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic Science Centre in St James on Tuesday, Lewis’ father, Erwin, said he had spoken to Lewis about selling the chain because of the escalating crime situation but his son did not take heed. He added that life in this country seemed so worthless now that you can be killed for anything.
“I used to say ‘boy, what you going out with that chain for?’ You know how much that chain worth? About $50,000. You wearing a chain worth that much and them fellas know the value of them kinda things, in this time, they not coming to ask no questions.
“I hear the fellas just walk up to him while he was eating doubles and just ‘Bow’. About four shots they hit him. I’m sorry police didn’t hear them shots and deal with them the same way. I don’t know why they can’t stop killing people,” Erwin said, as he paced the parking lot.
“I don’t know what going on in this country. People have to get their act together. People saying that the youths desperate, but they don’t want to work, they don’t want to train. They just want to take people things. So you have something of value and you have to hide it away,” his father said.
A female relative of the murdered Agriculture Ministry employee interjected, saying she spoke with Lewis hours before his death and ironically they spoke of the crime situation and a recent murder in La Horquetta.
Police said they intend to review footage from nearby cameras to assist them in solving this murder and pleaded with anyone with useful information to come forward.