A mother who had been finalising documents to have her only son come live with her in Canada is now mourning his untimely death. And there is the possibility she may not be able to attend his funeral to say her final goodbye.
Michael Creese, 20, was liming with friends at a house at Firecracker Avenue in La Horquetta when gunmen ambushed them.
Creese died on the scene while two others were shot and wounded. The incident occurred at 8.30 pm on Friday.
Speaking with the Guardian Media at the Forensics Science Centre in St James on Monday, Creese’s grandmother, who did not wish to give her name, said her daughter left T&T over seven years ago to better her life and had planned on reuniting with her son in Canada.
“She is a hardworking mother and would do anything to take care of her son. Her only child. He was so anxious too that he would talk about going up soon to be with her, “ she said.
The grandmother said sadly her daughter will have to miss her only child’s funeral because if she returns to T&T she may not be able to return to Canada.
“Every time I call her she is crying. My grandson was rude to me and had like to back answer me and tell me he is a big man. People said he was very respectable, loving and friendly, “ Creese’s grandmother said.
The woman said when the gunmen approached her grandson and his friends, his friends ran but Creese remained seated, “That’s when the gunmen start to spray bullets but my grandson maybe thought they wouldn’t have killed him because he wasn’t in anything and never did anything wrong and that no one wanted him but they killed him. So innocent.”
“What is this place coming to? I don’t know but someone has to stand up against all these senseless killings and I feel that I will have to do that, “ she lamented.
The grandmother added that the La Horquetta area was a very peaceful place decades ago but strongly feels that unemployment is the cause of crime, “The young people not working and they want. If they not using drugs they selling it and if you have something they want it and that’s what is fuelling the crime. The young people need jobs. Long-time La Horquetta was a safe place my children used to wake up at 4 am and walk the roads with my mother and it was safe...not now,” she said
Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant