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Murdered teen’s friends traumatised

Published: 
Saturday, January 13, 2018

Three students of the Morvant/Laventille Secondary School who survived last Monday’s deadly attack in which their schoolmate Joshua Andrew was killed are said to be deeply traumatised and have requested transfers from the school.

They were friends of the teen who was killed along with “PH” taxi driver, Devon Fernandez.

One of Edwards’ cousins, who spoke anonymously, said two of the students suffered gunshot wounds to their hands while the other was wounded over his eye.

“We were told that the gunmen shoot the driver first and when he blood splatter on one of them in the back seat they started screaming and got out of the car and ran for help, not knowing that they were wounded too. One of them said that Joshua attempted to escape by jumping in the back of the car but didn’t make it out as his foot got stuck between the seats,” the cousin said.

“We believe that the gunmen wanted someone who was driving a similar car and was involved in a shooting at St Paul Street on Saturday night into Sunday morning.”

The cousin said the boys were not eating or sleeping and were very afraid.

“I know for sure two of them have already requested a transfer,” said the cousin.

They denied claims that Edwards was part of a gang and was the intended target of the killers.

Although Edwards’ mother and one of his brothers were in jail facing murder charges and another brother is charged with robbery, Edwards was determined to be different, the family member said.

“He would say that he wanted to be different and wanted to either be a fireman or a police so that he would learn the law, or a vet because of his love for animals. He was determined to finish school and get passes in all his subjects,” the cousin said.

Police are continuing their investigations. So far, 12 people from the area have been arrested for various offences.