The nation on Saturday night registered its third murder for 2015 as St. David’s resident, Kareem Morain was killed following an altercation with another man in New Hampshire, St. George’s.
The 23-year old succumbed to stab wounds to the abdomen at the St. George’s General Hospital following an incident allegedly over a female companion in the area.
The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has since charged 25 year-old New Hampshire resident, Ally Mills with Non-capital murder in connection with the incident.
The accused who has retained attorney-at-law, Peter David, made his first court appearance Tuesday before Chief Magistrate Tamara Gill at the St. George’s Magistrate Number One Magistrate’s Court.
It was in the wee hours of Saturday night that the Morain family of Pomme Rose received the sad news that Kareem who was living in New Hampshire at the time of the incident had died at the hospital.
A repairman by profession, Mills was seen going to the court house with medical dressing to the middle of his head, which this newspaper understands was sustained during the fracca at New Hampshire.
THE NEW TODAY newspaper understands that at the time of the incident the deceased was hanging out with a friend at a shop close to his place of residence when he allegedly got into a heated argument with a friend of Mills.
The dispute reportedly ended up in a physical confrontation as Mills stepped in and allegedly stabbed Kareem.
An autopsy that was conducted Sunday indicated that the deceased died as a result of hypovolemic shock from the stab wound.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY on Monday, the grieving mother of the deceased, Rita Morain recalled the final moments spent with Kareem, who was her second eldest child.
She said the last time she saw her son alive was last week Friday morning and described the time spent with him as “a moment of happiness.”
“He slept home by me (last week) Thursday night and he was around with the children (his brothers and sisters on the Friday). They were so happy having him. The last time I saw him he was sitting right here on my verandah. I was going to help somebody pick some peas and he said to me, mummy, where are you going and I told him and he asked me who would be here to stay with them children and I told him his younger brother would be here and he said ok. And that was the last time I saw my son alive”, she said.
“As a mother, you don’t expect to bury your child but if it so happens then you have to accept it…Sometimes I get sad and break down in tears but I just accept it and control myself because I believe in God and I asked God to give me strength”, she added.
The mother described Kareem as “a loving child” when he was growing up but was quick to point out that as he grew older, he wanted to live on his own and moved over to Willis to live with some friends but he would pass often to look for her..
She said: “He (Kareem) used to always come around because my door is always open for him…I love him – my door was always open for him”.
The mother of seven consoled herself in the bible and quoted from Ephesians, Chapter 6: 1-3 which states, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
“Sometimes they do not obey and this is what comes…so although I miss him a lot … I say to myself it’s all about how you live,” she said.
“He used to like to have his own way and he didn’t used to listen when I talk to him…Sometimes you as a parent, you know the dangers out there and you tell them but they don’t understand until they end up in trouble,” she added.
According to the mother, it was an unfortunate night for the family when Kareem got killed because he has “gone too soon” but she is “coming to terms” with her son’s death.
Morain said it is her understanding that there was an approximate three-hour delay in getting her son to the hospital after he received the stab wound sometime around 1:00 a.m.
She was saddened to hear that residents in the immediate area of the stabbing incident did not oblige when asked to transport her injured son to the hospital for medical treatment.
She felt if he had gotten to the hospital much sooner than he did then he might not have lost his life.
This newspaper understands that by the time the ambulance arrived on the scene, the injured Morain had already lost a significant amount of blood and succumbed to his injuries while being operated upon by doctors at the General Hospital in St George’s.
The deceased was affectionately known as “Shadow” in the village of Pomme Rose and residents there are still coming to grips with his sudden death.
Family members and friends, who visited Morain’s home on Monday night to demonstrate sympathy and support, described Shadow as “a well disciplined youth”, as well as “ a good boy, very cool and determined.”
“I know Kareem from birth…he wasn’t a rude little boy…his death came as a surprise…I was more than shocked to know that he died,” a close friend of the family told THE NEW TODAY.
Father of the deceased, Sadlan “Yato” Phillip told this newspaper that his son is not known to be involved in violent activities.
He said he did not know what would have led to his son’s death but acknowledged that Kareem “had a girlfriend in Willis”.
The suspect – Mills – is due to reappear in court on May 4