Relatives hope for justice in gyro worker's murder

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 14:00

Rel­a­tives of mur­dered fa­ther of two, De­r­ick Valen­tine, who was killed in the pres­ence of his two chil­dren on Sun­day night, said they be­lieve in the sys­tem of jus­tice.


Valen­tine's three-year-old daugh­ter and her four-week-old ba­by broth­er es­caped un­hurt when their fa­ther was shot mul­ti­ple times dur­ing a home in­va­sion at their home in Diego Mar­tin.

Po­lice said short­ly af­ter 9 pm on Sun­day, Valen­tine, 33 of Covi­gne Road, was at home with his two chil­dren and 21-year-old wife when two gun­men men broke in­to the house and opened fire shoot­ing Valen­tine mul­ti­ple times about the body be­fore es­cap­ing.

Valen­tine was em­ployed at a pop­u­lar gy­ro busi­ness lo­cat­ed at Ari­api­ta Av­enue in Wood­brook. He was orig­i­nal­ly from St Joseph.

He was tak­en to the St James in­fir­mary where he died while un­der­go­ing emer­gency treat­ment at about 10 pm.


Rel­a­tives, who spoke with the Guardian Me­dia on Tues­day at the Foren­sic Sci­ence Cen­tre, de­scribed Valen­tine as an "ex­cel­lent fa­ther" who was very hard­work­ing.

They said they are con­fused as to why their well-loved rel­a­tive was killed as he was not known to have en­e­mies. They said he was not in­volved in any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and they knew "for sure" that since the birth of his first child he had be­come a bet­ter per­son.

Valen­tine's wife, who was treat­ed at hos­pi­tal for the bul­let graze over her eye and dis­charged, was at Foren­sics but re­mained seat­ed in a ve­hi­cle. She was said to be very dis­traught and in­con­solable.

A mo­tive is yet to be es­tab­lished for the killing.

Reporter: Rhondor Dowlat