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Murder victim’s mom wants killer to give up
Petrina Salandy, who was shot dead on Sunday morning while holding her five-month-old daughter Kayla, would have turned 40 yesterday and her mother’s one wish is that her killers now surrender themselves. Speaking to the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Judy Salandy said: “On this day my daughter would have been 40 and I just wish that everybody... let us come together and love each other because that is what God want. “Why allyuh don’t want to love one another? Why allyuh have to take my child? Whoever did this please give up yourself.”
Salandy said her daughter, a mother of five, was a loving child. She said she was at home, having been discharged from the hospital the day before, when she was told that her second of nine children was killed. “It not nice, it is unfair to see people who are not involved in crime have to die for the people who are involved in crime. My daughter maybe never even hold a gun, why she have to die by a gun?” Salandy asked. According to police and eyewitness reports, Salandy, of Clifton Street, East Dry River, was walking along St Paul Street with her baby and three older sons — Lorenzo, 13, Raheem, 11 and Jaydon — through the area on Saturday around 11.45 am. At the time, residents had set up roadblocks to protest the fatal police shooting of Kishawn Daniel, 19.
A group of men armed with what were described as machine-guns ran down the hill from an area known as Block 8 and opened fire. Salandy and Rohan Ayres, 15, a pupil of the Russel Latapy High School, were both killed during the attack. Relatives of Ayres did not to speak to the media yesterday but said they wanted justice and peace to return to the area. While at the centre, Petrina’s sisters — Kirby and Alicia — had to be comforted as they cried. “How they would do my sister that? Them people wicked who kill my sister. I don’t want this to happen to no one again. I don’t want anyone to feel the way we feel. Repent and give allyuh lives to Christ,” the sisters lamented as they were comforted by their mother. The T&T Guardian returned to the area yesterday and was shown bullet holes the size of golf balls in the walls of some residents’ homes. They said shootings were common in the area and urged the T&T Guardian to return at night for a first-hand experience of their lives. They said the area was like Baghdad.