TWENTY-six-year-old taxi-driver Dennis Narine of Onderneeming, West Bank Demerara, was yesterday morning fatally shot to the chest at his home after he was aroused by noise at a glass window and was making a check. It is unclear what the motive of the shooting was, since family members feel that it was not robbery-related as the gunman made no attempt to enter the house.
Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle yesterday afternoon at La Grange Police Station, the dead man’s father, Eddy Narine, said that his son had been living in the Onderneeming home with his wife for the past five years.
He said he was at home when he received a call from his daughter-in-law informing him that his son had been shot while in his bed.
The man said he and his wife raced over to the house and found their son lying on the bed. His mother placed him on her lap and began speaking with him. They then summoned a taxi to take him to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but unfortunately, he died on the way and was pronounced dead on arrival.
Eddy Narine told this publication that he is not aware that his son had any enemies or issues with anyone. He said his son does not drink, smoke or party, and the idea that someone would want to harm him is a total shock to the family.
He did say, however, that since his son bought a vehicle sometime back, he was having issues with it, so he parked it on the road in front of his home. One night someone came along and smashed the window of the vehicle, and the matter was reported to the police.
Dennis has been working as a taxi-driver for some time with a taxi service in his community. Police are continuing their investigations into the murder.
Yesterday, statements were taken from the man’s wife, and she was also taken to the morgue to identify her husband’s body. (Leroy Smith)