guardian.co.tt- Hours before DeJean Broker, 25, complained to a nurse in the Ward he was in at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (POSGH) about his life being threatened and that he would not live to see the morning he was gunned down on his hospital bed on Tuesday night.
Broker, a father of one, a son, of Mon Repos in Morvant, was shot five times by a man dressed in a white overall resembling what is usually worn by T&T’s Crime Scene Investigators.
Speaking with the Guardian Media on Wednesday while at the Forensic Science Centre in St James, a relative, who wished not to be identified said Broker was admitted to hospital over the weekend nursing a stab wound to the chest.
An injury she said had severed one of his arteries and as a result, had surgery done earlier Tuesday afternoon.
She explained that Broker was at MovieTowne when a fight broke out involving the son of a well-known businessman from Sea Lots, “he jumped into the fight to part it and that was when he was stabbed in the chest.”
“At the hospital when he was sent up to the Ward, he called me and told me that he was the only Muslim on the Ward and that it had members from Rasta City…you know how there is an ongoing war between the Muslims and Rastas well that is what happened,” the relative said.
“They had put him on a bed near a window in the Ward and he told me that he had feared for his life because he got threats from a patient there who promised him that he would not live to see the morning,” she added.
Broker’s relative alleged that Broker told her that he told a nurse about the threat and that he wanted for her to move him from the Ward, “He said to me that the nurse told him that there was nowhere else to move him as there were no beds available. So, he went in for the surgery and was brought up back to the Ward and when he came out of the sedation he was threatened and told that he would not live to see the morning…I got a call later that night of a shooting in Ward 3 and when I do make further checks I realize DeJean was killed.”
The relative said that she strongly believes that if DeJean’s security concerns were taken seriously by hospital officials he would have been alive today, “They are the ones to be blamed for this on many levels. How can someone be begging to be safe and be told that there are no beds? How can that person escape security and go all the way up to the Ward by the window and shoot? Where was the security? This is a major security and safety breach and I hope that De Jean gets justice because he was supposed to be in a safe place. He was a victim of a stabbing…why wasn’t the police there to protect him while warded?”