DOUBLE MURDER IN DIEGO MARTIN
By COREY CONNELLY Sunday, September 15 2013
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Crime scene investigators talk to police officers at West View Terrace, Four Roads, Diego Martin, yesterday where two men were shot dead by a lone gun...
Hours after members of the Laventille Road Police Youth Club held a successful peace march and fun day in their community denouncing the nation’s worsening crime situation, two young men were yesterday gunned down in cold blood while seated in a parked car in Diego Martin.
Up to news time last night, the bodies of the men, said to be of African descent and in their late 20s, were still to be identified.
The killing of the two men pushed the country’s murder toll to 279.
On Friday night a woman was stabbed to death on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain. One hour later, a man was shot dead on Picton Road, Laventille. At 4 am yesterday, a man was shot outside a nightclub in Couva.
The bodies of the men killed in Diego Martin were discovered in a silver Almera car at the corner of Sangangar Trace and West View Terrace, Morne Coco Road, Four Roads, Diego Martin, shortly before 2 pm.
Residents told Sunday Newsday they heard loud explosions at about 1.45 pm yesterday and immediately alerted the police.
On arrival, the police discovered the bodies of the two men slumped in the seats with gunshot wounds to their heads and bodies and immediately cordoned off the area. Crime scene investigators were spotted perusing the murder scene for spent gun shells and other evidence. Up to news time, the investigators were still on the scene.
Police are working on the theory that an assailant walked up to the side of the car, shot the men and escaped by foot. Police said the men were not from the community. However, no official motive has been determined.
The men, police said, were seen driving around the area earlier in the day and they are calling on members of the public to help identify the bodies. They are also checking the men’s fingerprints in an attempt to verify their identities.
Yesterday, shocked residents mulled over the killings which they feared will lead to further stigmatisation of the area. “Sometimes, a person might be walking normal, normal in the area and get innocent rub down from the police,” one woman said.
Another lamented that too many mothers were crying for the children in the country.
“You know what it is to know that you have a child and a mother just get a call that she child get gun down,” she said, recalling a recent incident in which a God-fearing woman had learnt about her son’s death three days after it occured.
The woman, who admitted to having had several brushes with the law, claimed she had turned her life around.
“When you have children is a different procedure, but sometimes people does not know what their children are doing,” she said.
One young man added, “That is a feeling that does never go away. Even if you never lose a child, just seeing other people you does feel it for them.” The man said he could never see himself as a cold-blooded killer.
“Is just meh lil drugs, but I eh killing nobody,” he added.
Insp Mohammed and PCs Thomas and Patrick visited the scene. Port-of-Spain Homicide officers are investigating.
Contacted yesterday, Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson said he was not apprised of the details in the killings and could not make an informed comment.
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