I hesistated about posting this because of the "bad publicity" this may give to SGU or the Caribbean region in general (based on my experiences with many students' perceptions of the area), but I'll say straight out that anyone that feels that way is an idiot.
Crap like this can happen anywhere.
My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends and I hope the offenders are brought to swift justice.
edited for names.The teenage son of a St Augustine doctor was murdered in Caura on Monday night.
Two of the men allegedly responsible for the killing, were held by police after they crashed a vehicle stolen from the victim.
The victim's father said yesterday he believed it was a kidnapping gone bad, "a kidnapping met with too much resistance".
Dead is 18-year-old Mark , son of Dr .
, a second year medical student at St George's University, Grenada, was home for the Christmas holidays.
Police reports indicated that , of Ridgewood Drive, Santa Margarita left his home around 9.30 p.m. to go to Royal Castle, Curepe to buy fried chicken.
He was driving his father's Toyota Rav 4 vehicle.
He went into the fast food restaurant, made his purchase and was entering the vehicle when three men overpowered him.
They got into the vehicle and drove to an area in Caura where they bashed his head in and stabbed him several times.
The men then left with the vehicle.
Later that evening, officers from the Maloney Station responded to a road traffic accident on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.
The men in the stolen Rav 4 had crashed the vehicle on the highway.
When police arrived on the scene, there were not three, but only two men in the crashed vehicle.
They interviewed the pair who took the law officers to a canal in Caura and showed them the location of Rattan's body.
The two men are from the Maloney and the Champs Fleurs areas.
The third man has not yet been held.
Minister in the Ministry of Finance Christine Sahadeo, a close friend of the family, said and her daughter went to school together and his murder was "very distressing".
She visited the family at home yesterday.
Speaking with the Daily Express yesterday Dr said it was his opinion that his son's death might have been a kidnapping gone bad.
"My son was not the submissive type. I am sure he died fighting. I think what happened is that it was a kidnapping that was met with too much resistance."
However, he said if he had the foresight, knowing the type of person his son was, he would have told him not to fight.
Dr also said he saw the two men police have held for the crime.
"They look like they are in their 20s. They don't look like professionals."
He said he did not believe that his son was targeted, but said he thought it was a random attack.
Dr said his wife was taking the death very badly.
"She is not handling it well at all. I am trying, but she is not handling it well," he said.
He said his son was due to return to school in the first week in January.
"I mean, what can I say, he really was a lovely boy. He was a lovely son."
Cpl Parks of the Tunapuna Police Station is continuing investigations.