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Dad of man killed outside nightclub: He went on Friday night lime with his mom, sis
California resident Dillon Brown dreamt of becoming a soldier and was preparing to make this dream a reality. However, his dream of serving his country came to an abrupt end in the wee hours of Saturday morning when the 22-year-old handyman was shot and killed outside Deja Vu nightclub in Couva. Yesterday his grieving father Anthony, 52, was still struggling to come to terms with his son’s untimely death.
Anthony, speaking with reporters at his home on the corner Stephen Street and Westbound Street, California yesterday, said, his son always wanted to be in the army or join the T&T Air Guard. “He (Brown) was putting things in place to join the army or the Air Guard. It was something he always wanted to do,” Anthony said. According to police reports Brown was standing outside the nightclub when two groups of men got into an altercation in the club and a fight broke out. Several men were stabbed during the melee.
Some of the men reportedly left the club and returned an hour later with a firearm and started shooting. Brown was shot multiple times during the confrontation. Yesterday, Brown’s father said the 22-year-old was not involved in any fight at the club. He said Brown went to the club with his mother Ellen St John, 49, and his sister Olivia, 20, to lime on Friday night. He said the trio would usually go to Deja Vu and would come home together.
However, he said on Saturday morning when they left the club the taxi they stopped only had space for two passengers and Brown allowed his mother and sister go. Anthony said Brown remained outside the club waiting for another taxi. “He was not in any fight...He was an innocent bystander,” Anthony said. In fact, the grieving father said he could have lost his entire family on Saturday morning if it was not for Brown. “If he did not put my wife and my daughter in that taxi I would have lost my whole family for stupidness,” he said.
Anthony urged parents to keep watch over their children and talk to them about their behaviour. “If parents would be serious with their children it would not have anything like this going on. Parents should do what they supposed to do,” he lamented. He said Brown was a good son and he could put his neck on block and know it would not get chopped off. “He was not involved in anything,” Anthony stressed. Brown, he added, loved to roller skate.
The car used in the shooting was found by police, abandoned and burnt in Roystonia half an hour after the incident. No suspects have been held. Couva police are continuing investigations into the shooting.
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