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I want back my child
“I want back my child he don’t deserve this. Oh God he don’t deserve this,” cried Waheeda Mohammed, the mother of 18-year-old Eric Ganesh who was murdered by his neighbour’s house in Princes Town on Saturday night.
Police believe Ganesh was killed by a bullet meant for another person. Described in glowing terms by family, friends, neighbours and church members, Ganesh was the only child for his parents.
According to a police report, around 10.35 pm Eric Ganesh, 18, was at his friend’s graphics shop next door to his home at St Charles Village.
They were putting wrapping (stickers) on a motorbike when a man entered the yard and pointed a gun at them.
He fired several shots, hitting Ganesh in the head. No one else was injured. The shooter then ran to the junction where he entered a car and escaped.
Still trying to come to terms with his son’s murder, Vishnu Ganesh said he and his wife had just closed up their barbecue hut in front of their home and went upstairs.
He said Ganesh, who went next door by his friend, called to say he would be home in a “bit.” The father said, “All of a sudden I just hear something like firecracker. We run outside, I saw a shooter shooting and (he) ran away. When I came outside I saw two guys hiding (Ganesh two friends). We shout out to Dillon, ‘Where is Eric?’ He say Eric on the ground. “I ran outside, my wife behind and when I went in the property, open the gate, I see Eric flat on the ground so I just hug him up. I don’t know what I did. I think I was screaming.”
He said someone went in pursuit of the shooter but one of the tyres blew out.
The parents said their son was at the wrong place at the wrong time. They said two men from the area came into the yard where Ganesh and his two friends were liming.
They said the shooter had been following the two men and came for them. “He (Ganesh) was getting ready to come home..so he was closer to the shooter,” Vishnu said.
Describing his son as “the perfect angel and spoil,” the father said Ganesh was awaiting CSEC results for two subjects he rewrote.
Vishnu said his son worked in his uncle’s construction business and helped them with the barbecue business, but he really wanted to be a pilot.
Councillor Shawn Premchand, who is related to the people who owns the house where the murder took place, said Ganesh was a brilliant and well-disciplined young man. He appealed to the Ministry of National Security to install surveillance cameras in the neighbourhood which is becoming a hotspot.
“It is very traumatic,” he said.
Reverand Alistair Bhola, of the St Charles Church of God which is opposite the victim’s home, said Ganesh practically grew up in the church.
“As a minister, I am very concerned about what is happening in the whole country.” Bhola said citizens have to try to secure themselves.
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