‘Badman Salute’ As T&T Gunmen Laid To Rest

Trinidad Guardian:- Two of the three men shot dead by po­lice on De­cem­ber 31 af­ter they opened fire in the cap­i­tal city—killing one woman and wound­ing nine oth­ers—were laid to rest Sat­ur­day.

Pho­tos and videos of the dou­ble fu­ner­al held in Sea Lots for Richard “Bulls” Thomas and Joel “Snake” Roberts, both 29, were wide­ly shared on so­cial me­dia.

The third gun­man has not been iden­ti­fied by po­lice.

The two were killed min­utes af­ter they shot at a maxi taxi on the Blan­chisseuse taxi stand on the cor­ner of Prince and George Streets in Port-of-Spain on De­cem­ber 31, killing Las Cuevas grand­moth­er Lystra Her­nan­dez-Pat­ter­son and wound­ing nine oth­ers.

Their in­tend­ed tar­get was said to be a Mus­lim City gang mem­ber.

In the videos, the bod­ies of both men were dressed in white and dis­played in glass-topped coffins paint­ed with red, green and yel­low bor­ders—colours tra­di­tion­al­ly used to rep­re­sent Rasta­far­i­an­ism.

A short video clip from the fu­ner­al ser­vice showed dozens of mourn­ers, some sport­ing over-sized gold chains, gath­ered around the body. Sev­er­al of them wept while the oth­ers looked on.

An­oth­er video showed the hears­es bear­ing both men’s bod­ies be­ing es­cort­ed by a truck with two large screens show­ing pho­tos of the men while a mu­sic truck blared dance­hall artiste Aido­nia’s hit Bad­man Salute.

Sev­er­al peo­ple could be heard singing along to the song, which goes “RIP to a re­al kil­la…some­body haf­fi dead back for me feel bet­ter.”

Two lim­ou­sines ac­com­pa­nied the hears­es.

In the video, the truck’s dri­ver stopped in the mid­dle of the street to ad­just the screens, bring­ing traf­fic to a halt. Even as dri­vers wait­ed for the ve­hi­cle to move, sev­er­al peo­ple walked out in­to the street to take pho­tos of the pro­ces­sion.

 Man shot in Diego Mar­tin

An uniden­ti­fied man was shot in Diego Mar­tin on Fri­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the man, said to be from the area, was stand­ing along Ma­son Street around 9 pm when he was shot.

There were re­ports that he died at the hos­pi­tal on Sat­ur­day but po­lice could not con­firm whether those re­ports were true.


  1. Authorities have to be carefull with this tipe of shows put out by the bad boys,this is a display of disdain for the law of the land.The more videos you have the better,they are valuable documents.

  2. Castries fisherman …shush. Man go clean by the CDC and bathe the stray dogs . You make irrevelant statement .

  3. Tim each and every person is entitled to his or her opinion. It is fine to disagree with someone but you can do so in a respectful manner. Respect goes a very long way.

  4. Some of you have to think,and think out of the box.I dont mind bikers roaring down the high way,to bury one of their friends.And breaking a couple of trafic violations.But what happened in Trinidad is taunting the law and police,its saying we are coming for revenge.Lets hope nobody tries this here in St Lucia.Im not insulting Im very old and seen a lot.

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