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Cops probe two murders in western Trinidad

Thursday, March 13 2014

WESTERN Division and Homicide Investigations Bureau officers have teamed up to probe the murders of two men who both died on Tuesday night at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) after separate incidents.

He told officers at about 12.30 am that morning he boarded a taxi at Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, to be taken to his Upper Covigne Road, Diego Martin home and could not remember what happened afterwards. He later gave his name as Ion Charles, 53, of Upper Covigne Road, Diego Martin.

The victim was conveyed to the PoSGH where he was treated and warded. He subsequently died on Tuesday night. Yesterday, his estranged wife Kathy Ann Charles said her husband was a DJ known as “Back in Times King” and was a father of three and grandfather of four.

She said the last thing he told her was that he loved her and will always love her. Charles said she never expected to get a telephone call that he was dead. She added that although his injuries were described as serious, she never thought he would have died. She called on the police to find his killer.

In the second incident, at about 9.30 pm on Tuesday, residents of Water Wheel Drive, Patna Village heard several gunshots. Upon checking, they later found Ryan McKenzie, 33, of Cadet Hill, Diego Martin, on the ground with gunshot wounds about his body.

He was taken to St James Medical facility, attended to and transferred to the PoSGH where he later died at about 10.40 pm. Police described him as being mentally challenged and believe his killing was a case of mistaken identity.

Yesterday at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, McKenzie’s mother Debra Bowen told Newsday she never thought any of her children would be murdered and added that her son was not involved in any illegal activities.

She said prior to McKenzie becoming mentally challenged, he was a “ladies man” and did not have any enemies. She too believes his killing was a case of mistaken identity and added that the family is now trying to cope with his untimely death.

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