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DEADLY HOLIDAYS

By Rachael Espinet Monday, August 4 2014

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A double murder in Diego Martin and shooting death in Port-of-Spain were the latest in a killing spree which marred the Emancipation holiday weekend.

Rienzie Pierre, 25, died on the scene, while mechanic Shendell Dookie, 29, and Allan Paul, 27, were rushed to the St James Medical Facility after they were shot at St Lucien Road, Diego Martin on Saturday night.

Dookie succumbed to his injuries, and Paul was treated and transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH) where he remains warded in stable condition.

Reports state Pierre was known to the police for receiving stolen goods and possession of narcotics. Constable Ramdass of the Western Division is continuing investigations.

Yesterday, Newsday visited Dookie’s relatives at their home off St Lucien Road where they said Dookie died doing his job.

A relative, who asked not to be named, said Dookie was not involved in any gang activity but was killed because of his association with Pierre.

“Shendell was a mechanic. Rienzie Pierre brought his car to fix. It was a black Civic. Rienzie used to live to the back of us, now he is all over the place. They came to kill Shendell too because they thought he was with Rienzie. He was working. They were driving whole day together to get parts. The man was just trying to make an honest living,” the relative said.

According to the relative, Dookie died in the trunk of the Civic he was fixing.

Paul, the relative said, was assisting Dookie with the repairs. The relative said there was a fourth person who was with the three men, but, although he was struck by a passing car, managed to run off.

“Shendell was a very versatile man. Like a real MacGyver. He could have even fixed fans and other things. He was just trying to make some honest money. It was the bad company. He knew Rienzie was involved in things. He was not the only character he repaired cars for. He was not involved in any gang,” the relative said.

Dookie was a father of three: a seven-month-old baby girl, a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl. The relative said the whole family will “do their best” to take care of Dookie’s children.

Rienzie’s grandfather, Bertrand Ledger, at his home on St Lucien Road, said he was trying to convince his grandson to become a better person. Tearfully he said, “I talked to him and said boy keep away from bad company. This place out there, it is a different world. Try and live a better life and become a big man to reach my age.”

In a separate incident, Kamalah Edwards, 27, from Picton Road, Laventille was shot on Saturday at about 9.30 pm. Police officers from the Central Police Station (CPS) were on foot patrol when upon reaching the vicinity of the old Salvatori Building site, they came across a man clutching his chest and running towards them.

The police discovered that Edwards was shot in the back. He was rushed to the PoSGH where he was warded as critical. He succumbed to his injuries at about 8 am yesterday. In another unrelated incident, police are investigating the events that led to the death of 18-year- old Kyle Thomas of Assing Avenue, Grand Curacaye, San Juan. While Thomas was shot dead, his male relative, Anderson Baptiste, 16, fled the scene and went to the San Juan Police Station.

According to police reports, Baptiste reported Thomas’ death at about 10 pm and gave a statement to the police.

According to that statement Baptiste and Thomas went into a forested area in Petit Curacaye near the Santa Cruz Old Road in search of two lost hunting dogs at about 8 pm.

Baptiste said he heard a loud explosion and heard Thomas, who was behind him, call out for help. When he turned around he saw Thomas lying on the ground with blood coming out of his body. Fearing for his life, Baptiste fled the scene and went to the police station.

Police discovered Thomas’ body with a gunshot wound to the waist. Investigations are ongoing to determine if someone shot Thomas or if he accidently triggered a trap gun.

Saturday’s murders follow a double murder in which a man and woman were stabbed to death in Chaguanas, on Friday night, in what police believe was a crime of passion. (See page 11A)

Also last Friday, Emancipation Day, pensioner Cosmos “Papa” Hypolite, 87 and an unidentified man believed to be in his mid-thirties were murdered in unrelated incidents in Fyzabad.

The weekend murders have taken the number of homicides to 260.

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