A night of celebration turned into a lifetime of tragedy for a Gasparillo family after bandits shot dead a police officer’s brother and wounded his friend during a robbery at a village bar.
“It is a birthday that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Ramesh Sirjusingh lamented as he recalled the sound of four gunshots that ended the life of his youngest son, Kristian, on Monday night.
Ramesh Sirjusingh recalls how his son was killed on his birthday at Michelle’s Bar and Lounge in Gasparillo on Monday.
Sirjusingh, who was also at the bar having a drink to celebrate his 66th birthday, managed to escape the murderous gunmen who struck at Michelle’s Bar and Lounge along Bonne Aventure Road, Gasparillo to carry out a robbery.
As three bandits were walking out of the bar with their loot the began firing indiscriminately. Kristian, 28, a law clerk at Richard Sirjoo & Co, was shot dead instantly and his friend Rishi Ramcharitar, 28, screamed from a gunshot wound to his arm.
Michelle’s Bar and Lounge in Gasparillo where law clerk Kristian Sirjusingh killed on Monday.
According to police, the men were among a group of villagers liming at the bar when around 8.30 pm, three men approached the bartender, a 23-year-old woman of the Dominican Republic.
It was close to closing time and one of the bandits asked about the gaming machines, but was told that he would not be able to use it as the bar was about to close.
The gunman then whipped out a gun and announced a robbery.
One of his accomplices ordered Kristian, Ramcharitar and others inside the bar. Kristian was robbed of his wallet containing a sum of cash while Ramcharitar was robbed of cash and his mobile phone. While leaving the bar that the gunman fired shots wildly at the men, hitting the victims on their upper body.
Speaking at his Happy Hill home yesterday, located a short distance from the bar, Sirjusingh said he went across to the bar and was gifted a bottle of rum and $20 to play Play Whe.
Inside Michelle’s Bar and Lounge in Gasparillo where law clerk Kristian Sirjusingh killed on Monday.
With his winnings, he bought beers for Kristian and Ramcharitar and went to sit with a friend. He said that when the bandits ordered them into the bar, he saw a chance to run and grabbed his friend’s arm and ran home.
“When they (gunmen) went in the bar, they didn’t even stay half of a minute and when they walked back out, they walked with guns. They ordered my son and friend in the bar, and also us. While they concentrated on my son and his friend, I grabbed the Chinese woman’s hand and ran home with her. Next thing you know, I heard Bow! Bow! Bow! Bow! Four shots. I could not go back because bullets were passing,” Sirjusingh said.
About five minutes later when the police arrived, Sirjusingh went back to the bar, only to see Kristian dead, sprawled on his back.
“That’s about it, I lost a good child.”
Kristian, the brother of a police officer attached to the Southern Division, worked with Chaguanas-based attorney Richard Sirjoo and was the father to a seven-year-old boy.
On his Facebook page yesterday, Sirjoo said that he was shocked and in disbelief.
The bar remained closed yesterday as, like several other businesses, the scourge of crime had left the owners in fear.