PORT OF SPAIN – Parents can offer advice but children will still make their own decision, says the father of 17-year-old Jevon Bradley Paul who was gunned down along Righteous Lane, off Pinto Road, Arima, on Sunday night.
Jevon Paul was liming with a group of friends at a house when a man wearing a mask over his head came from the back of the home and made his way straight to the teenager.
The assailant then held on to Paul, and called out his name.
Terrified, Paul attempted to flee the scene and run from his assailant.
However, the masked man pulled out a firearm and shot at Paul as he pursued the 17-year-old boy.
Paul was shot several times about the body, including his face and chest.
The teenager eventually fell to the floor and the armed assailant made good his escape by running in an easterly direction.
The police and emergency health services were notified, and Paul was rushed to the Arima District Hospital.
However, he was pronounced dead at about 9:20p.m.
Crime scene investigators visited the scene of the shooting and six spent shells were said to have been recovered.
Investigators also recovered one round of live ammunition.
Several other items of evidential value were also recovered.
Speaking to reporters at the Forensic Science Center in St James yesterday, Paul’s father Junior Paul, noted that the 17-year-old boy was the second of his five children.
However, he noted that he had difficulties with the teenager, who was being rebellious for unknown reasons.
“This here is a situation of hardeness and the wrong company. I’ve told him about the people he was liming around, and even warned him about going on the block. Now as a parent, I can’t choose your friends or the people you surround yourself with. I can tell you don’t lime with this one or that one, but it’s up to you as a child to listen to your parents and to trust they know what they’re talking about and to know that they have your best interests at heart. I fed up tell him about the company he was keeping, but as I turn my back, he was back with those same people again. And how many times can I buff you or beat you? Children need to heed the words of their parents,” Junior Paul explained.