Murder by COP office
By ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Thursday, October 3 2013
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SORROW: Michael McIntosh, father of murder victim Shiyloh Mc Intosh, consoles his weeping daughter Shallun outside the Forensic Science Centre in St J...
WITHIN the space of 20 hours, three young men were killed in Malabar and Arima including one man who was the common-law husband of a Congress of the People (COP) candidate for the October 21 Local Government Election.
The first incident took place at about 8 pm on Tuesday near the COP sub-office along Mahogany Drive in Malabar. Shiyloh McIntosh, 21, of Guerra Street, Calvary Hill in Arima and Kernel Job, 27, of Sunset Avenue, Cocorite Road in Arima were part of a group of persons hired to paint the COP office.
Three masked men reportedly exited a nearby abandoned house and walked towards McIntosh and Job. The former, on seeing the approaching masked men, dropped his paint brush and tried to run off. The gunmen opened fire with bullets striking both McIntosh and Job.
McIntosh was shot in the back but continued running. He lost his footing and fell nearby giving one of the gunmen time to catch up with him. The gunman fired one shot into the back of McIntosh’s head near the left ear, killing him instantly.
Job, eyewitnesses later told police, on seeing his attackers raised his left hand in a defensive posture and was shot through his arm. Another bullet entered and exited Job’s neck. Bleeding, he turned and fell to the ground where he was shot two more times in the back. The gunmen then fled. Job was rushed to the Arima Health Centre where he died while receiving emergency treatment. A party of officers led by Snr Supt David Abraham and including Inspector Wayne Baptiste, Inspector Mark Maraj, Cpl Gordon, Cpl Ramoutar, PC Maharaj, WPC Harrison and WPC Charles visited the scene.
Autopsies conducted at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, by Dr Valery Alexandrov confirmed both men died as a result of shock and haemorrhage consistent with gunshot wounds. Job’s mother Judith Callendar called on police to find the killers and bring them to justice.
“Why they kill my boy? He went there to help a friend. He went there to do a job, to do an honest living and do something good. He didn’t go to kill anybody. He didn’t go to rob anybody. He went there to paint and do some manual labour.
“I don’t want to say this was politically motivated simply because I don’t know. Maybe they killed him out of jealousy or greed. All I know is that two men are now dead, two mothers are grieving and what would come next? Two more mothers will have to grieve if some hotheaded persons decide to take revenge. Not so? It just continues...the vicious cycle. When will it end?” Callendar asked.
McIntosh’s mother, Ariyah Yahseph, believes her son was killed by envious persons in the area. “If you knew Shiyloh, you would know he was a kind and loving person. Very caring. By himself, he had no enemies that we know of. But his girlfriend going up for the local government elections and we think the reason why they wanted to kill him is because they tell themselves that he would get through with some things.
“During the campaigning and maybe even after. So those boys with their envious blood...they targetted him. And for no reason other than jealousy,” Yahseph said.
COP Malabar South candidate Kizzy Ann Edwards said she was very saddened by the death of Mc Intosh, her common-law husband, saying he was one of many who actively supported her candidacy. Edwards said her information is that the murder was not political in motive. “He was my common law husband. He was my best friend. All I know was that yesterday (Tuesday) he was sitting after just having done some work when some fellars came walking up the road like normal citizens.
“And just so, they started to shoot at random and people just pick up bullets like that. I can’t even begin to fathom why. Maybe it was jealousy as people see we are looking to make a step up in life and they didn’t like that and decide to do something to try to break me down,” Edwards said.
Asked if she was going to withdraw her candidacy, Edwards replied: “No. I am not going to give up. My family and friends have told me to go on and do it.” Expressing gratitude for the support of her family and friends, Edwards said she was also grateful for the support extended to her by the COP executive. She said party leader Prakash Ramadhar and chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan were among the party officials who contacted her to express condolences and offer support. Edwards also said she was contacted by National Security Minister Gary Griffith.
Seepersad-Bachan said that Tuesday’s incident had left her saddened and in this time of grief she is ready and willing to give Edwards all the support she needs. “After hearing what transpired, a party of us went up to give support to our candidate. She is very much distraught over the issue, and understandably so.
“She was considering pulling out of the election. However, I am glad to hear now that she will be continuing the fight and we will do our best to support her,” Seepersad-Bachan said.
In the second incident, police said that at about 4.20 pm yesterday, residents of Train Line Road in Arima reportedly heard several loud explosions and on investigating, found the body of 36-year-old Christopher Gregg lying in a pool of blood.
At the time, Gregg of Pommegrante Drive in Malabar was still alive and was rushed to the Arima Health Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police said no motive has been established for the killing but have not ruled out a link with the murders of Job and Mc Intosh. Up to press time, no arrest was made in both incidents. The three killings have pushed the country’s murder toll to 296.