The father of 14-year-old Luke Williams, who was fatally shot by a businessman while at Singh’s Liquor Mart in St James last week Monday is appealing for closure as to what exactly happened that led to his son’s demise.
Quincy Williams, 41, who spoke to Guardian Media, said he strongly believes that for his son to be shot in the head, chest and abdomen, to him “says a lot and very suspicious especially seeing that no firearms were found...so what he shot my son because he was putting his hand in his pocket as though he had a gun...We need closure because the police officers are not even co-operating with us.”
Williams said he has asked to view the CCTV footage captured from inside the liquor mart and has allegedly been refused by senior police officers, which he said, makes it even more suspicious and leaning in the border of a “possible cover-up.”
“Listen...as a father I just want to know how and why my son was killed. If he was wrong I would still stand as a father by my son but I will say he was wrong and I will apologise on behalf of him,” Williams said.
Williams said for 26 years he lived at the nearby Quamina Street and personally knows the businessman involved.
In an interview last week Tuesday, Luke’s football coach at St Anthony’s College Reginald Critchlow said Luke had many challenges including domestic and social and would have not attended school and football training on countless occasions. Critchlow even disclosed that he often saw Luke liming in Port of Spain with friends.
When asked about Critchlow’s statements, Williams said it was true that his son missed school and further explained that it was because he was sick or stumped with financial issues.
Williams also mentioned that his son had many older friends and would have believed to have been in the wrong company most times, “He was very mysterious to us...he would not tell us who he is liming with or what he is involved in but he was the type that would do things as being adventurous but at the end of the day we need to know if there was really a robbery attempt that morning or what exactly happened and why.”
Also, contacting the Guardian Media was a man, who claimed to be a robbery victim. The man, who did not give his name said he was an Uber driver and was robbed by a group of people in March 2018. He also said that he is 98 per cent sure that Luke was one in the group that robbed him of his car and other valuables.
“I am 98 per cent sure that this is the 13-year-old who robbed me then, last year...The Belmont police and Port-of-Spain CID arrested him. I never got back my car nor was anyone charged for what happened to me...His mom is a police officer and that would explain why he wasn’t brought in the line up for me to identify,” the robbery victim said.
When asked if this was true, if his son was ever questioned by police for the Uber driver robbery, Williams said yes it was true.
Williams is now calling for the intervention of Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to have the footage released to the family “for closure’s sake and for the truth to be exposed.”
Initially, it was reported that Luke and his 32-year-old friend attempted to rob the businessman of his cash sales.
However, police officers received information that both teenagers went into the store to purchase alcohol when an argument broke out and Luke’s friend allegedly threatened to retrieve a gun from his car.
Guardian Media was told by police sources that both friends had attended a “Zesser” party at Sea Lots the Sunday night before and were believed to be highly intoxicated.
Williams lived at Harp Place in East Port of Spain while his friend lived at Bath Street in the same area.
An initial police report stated that at about 8.20 am the teens entered the store and announced a hold-up. One of them was armed with a gun.
However, they were shot by a businessman who became fearful and moved to save his life and defend the lives of his workers and customers in the store at the time.
Luke who was dressed in camouflage pair of pants that were worn under the buttocks showing a pair of black boxers and a white vest collapsed and died in the store with an undisclosed of cash in his hand. Police said the cash was part of the day’s sales that was demanded from the businessman seconds before he was shot.
Luke’s friend, who also attempted to run away collapsed on the pavement just outside the establishment. He was conveyed to the hospital via ambulance and is still warded in a critical condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.
But in an unusual spin to the investigations police officers got another version, however, officers are still standing guard outside the hospital’s room of Luke’s friend, with the hope of him pulling through so that they can question him as to the circumstances that led to the shooting.
- by Rhondor Dowlat