UJISTAR Narine, 44, of Dora Meah Trace, Las Lomas No 1, was an avid bird lover. He was looking forward to hearing his birds whistling at family celebration to commemorate his 22nd wedding anniversary yesterday, but that was not to be.
It was the same birds he went out of the house to protect around 2 a.m. yesterday, after he heard them making a distressing noise.
Armed with his pellet gun, Narine stepped outside and entered the yard. As he walked out, he was approached by six men, five wearing masks, who had just come out a car.
The men told him they came to collect the "pepper money". They then overpowered Narine, relieving him of the pellet gun, then they stormed into the house.
While there, some began waking up other members of the household, demanding money and jewelry. The others began grabbing anything they could lay their hands on, including a computer, stereo equipment and other electronics.
Narine's family was asleep when the men stormed in.
One of his sons, Jason Narine, 16, was awakened in his bedroom by one of the men, who began beating him with the flat side of a cutlass. The bandit chopped off a piece of the young man's left ear.
Another one of Narine's sons, Jessie, 14, was also planassed. So severe was the beating, bits of his skin was removed from his legs.
The bandits also kept asking for Narine's daughter, aged 18, who was at the home of a relative at the time.
Narine's wife, Dhanmatie, pleaded with the bandits to take what they could but not to harm anyone.
"Oh God, leave we alone, we is Christian," she said she told them, as she recalled the ordeal yesterday.
One of the bandits replied that he knew.
After taking what they could, the men dropped it into the Narines' Toyota Cressida. Narine, in the meantime, had been dragged out his yard, beaten even more and then shot with his own pellet gun. The men then dumped him on the side of the road close to his home and sped off in the family's Cressida laden with the stolen items.
Narine, who was also known as Krisendath and was an employee with the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation, is believed to have died shortly after.
Apparently, in their haste to get away, the car skidded off the road about a half mile away from the house. The bandits then took the loot and set the car ablaze.
Narine was a farmer who specialised in the cultivation hot peppers and egg plant crops around his house.
Speaking about the brutal murder yesterday, a female family member, who did not want to be identified, said, "We will miss him for his regular words of wisdom to members of his family, which he was well known for. They have taken his body but his spirit will always remain with the people in the trace because he was a good man to everybody."
Yesterday morning there were about 200 people at the trace, sympathising with the family.
The mourners included former Caroni East MP Ganga Singh, who said he heard about the murder from a community activist in the area.
"As a community we are very hurt about the incident and hope the Minister of National Security would deal with the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice," Singh said.
Family members also said that earlier in the night, they had seen four strange men walking along the trace.
Over the last couple weeks, Las Lomas residents had staged several protests about the high level of crime in the area, after several attacks on households by bandits.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.
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But........the mudder cont knife and fork coolies who feel that they does shit ice cream doh want to hear that.
Well the fockin action now start. Ah hope dem fockin criminals leave poor people like meh boy above and start goin for the knife and forkers.....
They are the ones that empower all yuh.