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No more reprisal says grieving family

by | Jun 24, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 6The families of Petrina Salandy, 39, and Rohan Ayres, 15, have been grieving since their deaths, and have called for an end to violence in the East Port-of-Spain and Laventille areas.

Judy Salandy, mother of Petrina, who died after being shot by sniper fire during a shootout in Port-of- Spain on Sunday morning , was emphatic that she did not want any reprisal killings because of the death of her daughter.

She stated that she did not want anyone to die because someone was avenging her child’s death.

The unrelated victims were on St Paul Street when snipers hiding on the hilltops opened fire.

Petrina and her four children were on their way home from a grocery.

She shielded her children from the gunfire including her 5 month old daughter who was in her arms at the time.

The baby girl escaped with minor injuries, and her sons were unhurt.

A single bullet entered her back, killing her, pathologist Dr Eastlyn McDonald Burris concluded after an autopsy on Petrina at Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday.

Meanwhile, the family of Rohan Ayers, a student of the Russell Latapy Secondary School in Morvant, said that all they wanted was justice for his death.

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