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Ricardo Haynes plays his last hand

Ricardo Haynes plays his last hand


Ricardo Haynes was holding what could have been considered a winning hand, when his life was cut short in a hail of bullets Sunday night.

The 21-year-old was still clutching the “couple blank” and “six blank” domino tiles as he ran away from two gunmen who opened fire on him and other men playing at a shop in Glen, around 9:40 p.m.{{more}}

Before the shooting was over, Haynes, also known to friends and family as “Rico,” collapsed and died in the bedroom of the house adjoining the shop, while Grafton Richards, the owner of the establishment, lay dead on the floor of the house’s living room, dead from bullets about his body.

Three other men, Richards’ son Michael, Charles Baptiste and Kevorn Roberts, were also injured in the shooting, but are all expected to survive.

According to reports, the shooters approached the shop and one of the unidentified men proceeded to assault one of the domino players.

The elder Richards confronted the assailant about his actions and told him to “take it in the street”.

It was at this point the men proceed to shoot indiscriminately, firing what persons in the vicinity believe to be more than two dozen bullets.

On the night of the shooting, Haynes’ mother Allison told SEARCHLIGHT that the day began like any other day for her son, the oldest of her four children.

“He wake up. He eat. He wash his clothes, and he went to pick mango.

“I didn’t expect something like this would happen. I didn’t expect it would end like this,” the grieving mother said.

Haynes said that she was at the home of a friend braiding her young children’s hair when she received the call that her son had been killed.

She said that she rushed to the area immediately, but was saddened that she did not get to see him before his body was taken away from the scene.

“This is heartbreaking. I don’t know what Rico did to deserve this. I am heartbroken,” Haynes told SEARCHLIGHT.(JJ)