Post-mortem today for dead bar manager

first_imgAs the investigation continues into the death of the Korner Kick Bar and Restaurant Manager, detectives are awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination to ascertain whether the 21-year-old was killed or took his own life. The lifeless body of Tevin Parris was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Monday morning at his Lot 66 Garnett Street, Newtown, Georgetown home. The discovery was made by the young man’s uncle sometime around 07:40h.Parris’s death has left his family with many unanswered questions.Guyana Times understands that investigators have retrieved a 9mm pistol with 14 live rounds of ammunition. The crime scene seems to suggest that Parris took his life, and investigators have since swabbed both of the Bar Manager’s hands for gunpowder residue to determine whether he had fired the weapon.However, it was reported that the young man was not the holder of a firearm licence and as such, checks are being made to trace the ownership of the weapon.Meanwhile, the Police are awaiting the post-mortem examination, which will be conducted today, to ascertain the trajectory of the gunshot wound.While detectives have not ruled out homicide as yet, family members of the now dead man are maintaining that he was murdered.However, A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman told Guyana Times on Tuesday that there have been no new updates in the investigations and they were awaiting the results of the post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Emotion spikes with Blankinship tribute

first_imgKim Blankinship’s No. 14 jersey was retired prior to Torrance’s Pioneer League-opening match with South Torrance Saturday night. Blankinship, one of the most decorated and successful athletes in the school’s long history, was remembered again as a warm example of what a young athlete can be. The Torrance Challenge Tournament was renamed the Kim Blankinship Memorial Tournament, with proceeds going toward a scholarship fund for high school girls from the four Torrance schools. Torrance players warmed up in T-shirts with Blankinship’s No. 14 and her initials. South Torrance players and coaches wore pink armbands with `KB 14′ marked on them. Blankinship’s parents, Mike and Yoka, their daughter Kristi and grandchildren Kennedy and Dylan were invited to center court before the match began. A tribute was read before Torrance’s Nathan Jones and South’s Robert Kutch, both of whom coached Blankinship, unveiled a banner with her name and No. 14. The family also was presented with a framed No. 14 Torrance volleyball jersey. “What this means to me is how many people loved her and how many people want to have her name go on,” Mike Blankinship said later, visibly moved. “Seeing that No. 14 hanging there means a lot.” Kutch came up with the idea of renaming the tournament. He retains fond memories of Blankinship, who died suddenly at age 31 last March. “Off the court, she would make you smile, and on the court, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more competitive person,” he said. “I’d make my boys teams watch her and ask them, `Why can’t you compete like that?’ It was bad for their egos, but when you watched her play, she proved the point.” Jones laughed when asked to recall a favorite memory of Blankinship. “She just had no fear,” Jones said. “That lack of fear was prevalent in everything she did. I used to watch her play soccer and just run around and clear out the back field. On a volleyball court, she could plaster people.” Mike Blankinship said he hopes that the scholarship program grows. “The biggest thing is that her memory goes on,” he said. “It means so much to have her scholarship fund go on. With some of the events we’ve had and some of the donations, we have enough in there to give quite a few more scholarships.” South beat Torrance, 25-19, 25-21, 19-25, 25-20. The match was made a league contest to accommodate tournament schedules for both teams. But the match was a moot point on an emotional night. “We probably should have retired her number when she was alive, she was that good,” Jones said. “If anybody deserved to have her number retired, it was her.” “I’ll be able to tell my girls, and my guys for that matter, that this is how you’re supposed to play a team sport,” he said. john.klima@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Match is bumped to background as Torrance, South honor late star. By John Klima STAFF WRITER The stories came flooding back for her family and former coaches, and should anyone ask why, they can point to the rafters at the Torrance High gym. last_img