Relatives of cousins Kenrick Morgan and Kendall Singh are praying that their kidnappers have a change of heart and not kill them by this weekend's deadline. A US$40,000 ransom has been demanded for their return.
Sources said that both men were from average families who could not afford to pay the US$40,000 ransom. One source said that money was owed to a Venezuelan jefe by one of Singh's colleagues.
Morgan, 17, a Form Five student of the Moruga Secondary School, lives in a humble home with his family in Grand Chemin, Moruga. Singh, 23, a fisherman, lives with his family a few kilometres away in Basse Terre.
Morgan’s sister, Ashley Boodoo said that there was no way her family could come up with that money. Boodoo said that her brother left home around 2.30 pm on Saturday. He told her mother that he was going to Singh’s house and from there they would go fishing. It was the last time his mother, Linda Boodoo, saw him. She said Morgan has no phone so they were unable to contact him
On Sunday, Singh’s mother, Joy, contacted Linda, informing her that their sons had gone missing.
“Apparently like the Spanish, where they are now, contacted one of Singh’s brother, saying that they need US$40,000 to return them home safely. We don’t know where they are, all we know is that they said they are in Venezuela,” Boodoo said. The
Boodoos reported the disappearance to Moruga police on Monday.
A police report stated that the cousins were fishing off the Moruga waters when they were kidnapped and possibly taken to Venezuela. However, Boodoo said that a Venezuelan national also left on the fishing trip.
The kidnapping came just after the United Arab Emirates news site, the National, published a report that Trinidad was suffering from the collapse of Venezuela’s economy as pirates were targeting local fishermen. Boodoo said fishermen being targeted at sea was nothing new in Moruga.
“The latest is that my brother is there and they (kidnappers) want the money in a week’s time or else they (victims) will be killed. Right now my mother is in a condition and I don’t know what is going on. Right now we are just sitting down and praying to God that something will work out and my brother will come home safely…They said that in a week’s time if they don’t get their money, they are starting to kill,” Boodoo said.
Joy, who spoke by phone yesterday, declined to say much about the incident. She said that people were spreading rumours about what had really happened. She said local representatives in Venezuela are assisting her family and although she was not able to speak to Singh, she was confident that he was alive.
“All that people talking, don’t study nobody. It is just rumoured they are spreading, saying that they (kidnappers) throw him here and there. People just like to talk and that is why I don’t want to say anything as yet,” Joy said.
- by Kevon Felmine