FELICITY PEACEMAKE KILLED
Darrel ‘Ernie’ Mansingh was known for his bright smiles and peaceful nature. It may have been the latter that cost the 19-year-old his life after he attempted to ‘smooth’ over a fight at a Felicity bar last Friday and later asked one of the fighting parties for a ride, his paternal grandmother, Dularie Mansingh, suggested yesterday.
Darrel was reported missing on Saturday when he failed to return to his Chase Village home. He had told his mother, Farisha Ali, via phone around 2 am on Saturday, that he was leaving Club Kokonuts in Felicity to come home but was never seen again.
Yesterday, his decomposing body was found wrapped in a sheet along Connector Road, Felicity. The body was later taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian at her Bhola Trace, Chase Village home yesterday, hours after her grandson’s body was found, Dularie said one of the people involved in the fight had visited their home Monday night.
“A girl came here last night (Monday) and said she was by the bar when Ernie was there,” Dularie said.
“She say she and her friends get in a fight with a group of four boys and another girl outside the bar they were liming in. She said Ernie told the guys that she was his family and they should done the fight.”
She added, “When everything was done he asked the guys for a ride out of the area and the guys agree. When all of them sit in the car, the girl say she and her friends started busting the glass on the car and hitting it.”
Dularie said the girl told them there were four young men, including the driver and one woman, in the car.
“He was sitting in the front seat and another fella was squeeze up next to him. She say when they start to beat up the car, the fella drive away with Ernie still in the car.”
But Ernie never made it home.
Farisha Ali was present but unable to speak and had to be placed in a chair by relatives. She cried non-stop as the story of her son’s death was told.
His family passed the information given to them by the girl on to the police and a young man was taken into custody yesterday morning. He led police to the body around 11 am.
“My sons had gone looking all over Felicity for him, but I was telling them to go through the Connector Road and check,” Dularie said.
“That is the only place they didn’t look and that is where they end up finding him.”
Dularie said officers at the Chaguanas Police Station should have done more to find her grandson.
“It was like they wasn’t doing anything, it is the family that find out about the fight and tell them and even after that they still wait until Farisha called and start to get on to go looking for his body. We didn’t have to go through all of this wait if they was doing their work properly.”
The only thing Farisha said was, “He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
Farisha was not allowed to see his body on the scene yesterday and his sister, Sarah Ali, said their mother collapsed several times.