Following break after murder, doubles vendors return to Curepe

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 05:30

Food­ies look­ing for late-night eats in east Trinidad can now breathe a sigh of re­lief af­ter dou­bles ven­dors re­turned to Curepe Junc­tion af­ter a brief hia­tus.

Guardian Me­dia un­der­stands that since Sharzard Man­ick of The Orig­i­nal Sauce Dou­bles, was shot by gun­men at his stand at the cor­ner of the South­ern Main Road and Have­lock Street, on Au­gust 10, ac­tiv­i­ty at the pop­u­lar nightspot ground to a halt for sev­er­al days.


When a news team vis­it­ed the area on Tues­day night, Man­ick’s rel­a­tives had opened their stand for the first time since the shoot­ing. Oth­er dou­bles ven­dors bear­ing the same pop­u­lar name and op­er­at­ing a short dis­tance away, al­so closed for a short­er pe­ri­od be­fore re­open­ing.

Speak­ing to Guardian Me­dia un­der the con­di­tion of anonymi­ty, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the com­pa­ny said that al­though they were still mourn­ing his death, they had no choice but to re­open.

“We have to go on be­cause this is what we do for a liv­ing,” he said.

While he did not want to com­ment ex­ten­sive­ly on Man­ick’s mur­der, he de­scribed it as an iso­lat­ed in­ci­dent.

“He (Man­ick) was a close fam­i­ly mem­ber to us and was a good work­er as well,” he said, as he main­tained that they still had no idea why he was at­tacked. Ini­tial re­ports claimed that Man­ick was at­tacked be­cause he was a wit­ness in an on­go­ing crim­i­nal case. `

As he at­tend­ed to cus­tomers in front of the trans­par­ent plex­i­glass en­clo­sure, which still bears the bul­let holes from Man­ick’s shoot­ing, his rel­a­tive said the fam­i­ly was dis­ap­point­ed by some mem­bers of the pub­lic to made in­sin­u­a­tions to­wards the busi­ness af­ter the shoot­ing.

How­ev­er, he claimed that he and his fam­i­ly, who op­er­ate sev­er­al stands around the coun­try, were at­tempt­ing to ig­nore such neg­a­tiv­i­ty.

“Peo­ple will fight you and try to bring you down but those things would just make you stronger,” he said.

An oys­ter ven­dor, who has been op­er­at­ing in the area for over 35 years, said that busi­ness at the night was gen­er­al­ly slow­er due to the coun­try’s crime sit­u­a­tion.

“Nor­mal­ly I would not be able to sit down be­cause things so fast but right now I wouldn’t ad­vise any­body to try a busi­ness here. Things re­al hard,” he said.

Sev­er­al soft drink ven­dors, who op­er­ate near to the dou­bles ven­dors, said that the ab­sence of the dou­bles ven­dors di­rect­ly af­fect­ed their busi­ness­es.

“The place was re­al qui­et. When it doesn’t have dou­bles, here does be dead,” one ven­dor said.

All the ven­dors who were in­ter­viewed called for in­creased po­lice pres­ence and pa­trols in the area as they claimed to have been vic­tims of rob­bery in the past.

Reporter: Derek Achong