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Boy, 17, shot dead in Couva


News day / Dead is 17-year-old Servol student, Elijah ‘Samo’ Lewis. He was shot and killed on Saturday at about 6.30 pm while along Cemetery Street Extension, off Carli Bay Road, Perseverance Village in Couva.

Lewis, originally from Freeport, was in the Couva district to attend a prayer service at the home of one of his friends. Relatives recalled that Lewis’s mother, Judy Cuffie, was walking on her way to the said prayer service when she observed a group of people surrounding the body of a shooting victim. Not wanting to see the graphic display of the deceased, she opted to walk on the other side of the road.

“Mommy passed around the road because she did not want to see whose body it was,” Cuffie’s daughter Elesha told Newsday.

“She did not know it was Elijah.

She even asked a resident further up the road how people could be liming around a body so. He responded, ‘But Moms, that is your son lying down there.’ She ran to see him and that was it.” Elesha is also the twin sister of Lewis. The circumstances in which Lewis met his death continue to baffle the family, his sister said. She explained that moments before his demise, Lewis, together with a female and male friend, had gone to purchase soft drinks and cigarettes from a shop.

Relatives learnt that having purchased the items, the trio saw an armed young man from the area.

The gunman started “playing with and pointing” the weapon at Lewis’ head.

The gunman first pulled the trigger but the loaded weapon failed to discharge. The gunman repeated his action, but this time the gun discharged shooting Lewis once in the head. He fell and died instantly while the shooter ran off.

Yesterday Elesha insisted that her brother’s death was no accident but rather a deliberate act. “My brother did not deserve to die like that because he was not on anybody (meaning he did not interfere with others). Elijah was very loving and helpful. Anything you asked him for, he would have given it to you even if it was his last,” Elesha said.

A few months ago, Lewis relocated to Cunupia where he was staying at the family home of his female friend.

Elesha admitted that since he relocated, his behaviour had changed dramatically and, on numerous occasions, she tried to guide him on the right path.

An autopsy is expected to be performed this morning at the Forensic Sciences Centre, St James.

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