NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday January 3, 2017 – A Guyanese man has been listed as New York’s first homicide victim for the New Year.
Ricky Kalisaran, 31, who travelled the United States city to attend his grandmother’s funeral, lost his life at the hands of an armed thief, plunging his already grieving family into despair.
At the same time, the Kalisarans have been left to desperately pray for the recovery of Ricky’s brother, Sunny, who was also shot in the back during the incident.
According to the Daily News New York publication, the gunman shot the two brothers late Sunday night after leaving a nightclub, The Underground Lounge.
The men were reportedly walking towards their car when the robber approached and demanded their valuables at gunpoint.
Sources told the newspaper the brothers refused and struggled for the gun. They were shot by the robber who fled the scene in a car.
Emergency personnel called to the scene rushed the injured men to the Jamaica Hospital, but it was too late for Ricky who died of a chest wound.
His brother remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Grief stricken mother, Anita Kalisaran, was still in shock as she related the sad tale to the Daily News.
“They killed my son for a gold chain. They shot and killed him. He come here for the funeral and [he’s] dead now,” she said.
She said her son was a humble, loving and hardworking man, and his aunt, Lena George, described him as a quiet, polite person.