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Man gunned down at HDC apartment
The grieving mother of one of the country’s latest murder victims yesterday pleaded with anyone who may have witnessed the incident to come forward and identify her son’s killers. Patricia Andrews made the appeal yesterday as she grieved over the loss of her son Keith Flemming. Flemming, 22, of Ethel Street, La Romaine, was gunned down outside a Housing Development Corporation (HDC) apartment building, Ste Madeleine, on Sunday night. “I am begging for people to come forward and say what they see,” Andrews said between tears yesterday during an interview with the T&T Guardian. “My son did not deserve to die like that. It is not like he was a pest. You know it have some pests in society, he was not like that. He was a lovable person, a friendly person.”
Police said Flemming was standing outside Building 5, Alexandra Lane, Corinth Hills, when three men approached him around 9.50 pm. Two of the men started shooting at him, hitting him several times. The men then escaped. People living nearby contacted Southern Division Police and police, led by Senior Supt Cecil Santana, visited the scene. An autopsy at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James, yesterday listed Flemming’s cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. Yesterday, Andrews said the police told her no one was volunteering information about her son’s shooting. She said she wanted justice for her son because he was a good boy and was working towards building his own home in Oropouche.
Andrews said she believed her son’s murder was a case of mistaken identity because she was told that the gunmen went in search of a man wearing a white T-shirt and her son was wearing one, as was another man he was talking to at the time. “It was wrong place at the wrong time because I hear (one of) my son saying that the fella he went by had on a white jersey. They were wearing white jerseys. He was in the wrong place,” she said. Andrews said the last time she saw her son alive was Sunday when they attended church together. She said he was looking forward to his baptism, which was planned for next Sunday. “I was never expecting anything like that. He was supposed to be baptised next Sunday. He was leaving home and going to church and even reaching before me. That had me feeling good,” she said.
In 2010, the mother of nine lost another son, Sherwin Andres, to violence. He was chopped to death when bandits stormed his La Romaine home pretending to be police. She said since then she had been awaiting justice and hopes that with the murder of her youngest son she could receive some closure this time around. "It hard, really hard. I think they (police) lapsing. They should do something," Adams said of having lost two sons. She added that Flemming never wanted any children as he suffered from sickle cell anemia. Cpl Gopaul of the Ste Madeleine police is investigating.