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Driver shot dead in truck

By STACY MOORE Sunday, January 17 2016

Moments after Allan Saundersawoke to get ready for workyesterday morning, he was shotdead inside his truck outsidehis home in Cunupia.

His wife, Zalina, found himbleeding from bullet woundsto the left side of his chest andthroat in the white ISUZA truck.

The 43-year-old mother ofthree could think of no reasonwhy anyone would want to killher 51-year-old husband.

“I don’t know why, I justdon’t. My husband is not a trouble-maker. He does not give troubleso I don’t know why anyonewould want to kill him. I don’tknow why,” the tearful widowtold Sunday Newsday at herhome on Boy Cato Road, off MadrasRoad, Cunupia.

Zalina said she was still in bedwhen Saunders woke up at about4 am to prepare to go to NationwideTent Rentals, where heworked as a driver for past fiveyears.

“Every morning he gets upearly because he has to reach forwork at 5.30 am. He left me in thebedroom and said he was goingoutside to start the engine of thetruck, like he does every morning,”Zalina said.

Not long after she heard whatsounded like “an explosion”.

“I called out Allan’s (Saunders)name and then I went outside tocheck what it was. The engine ofthe truck was on and my husband’sbody was slumped overthe wheel,” she recalled. “I calledhis name, but he was not movingand there was blood on his pants.

I was so shocked, I did not knowwhat to do.”Zalina telephoned a relativewho lived nearby who then contactedthe police. “All my husbanddoes is (go to) work and(come) home,” she said. The couplehad plans to open a parlour.

“Opening a parlour was adream of ours and we was workingtowards it. I see crime happeningall over the country but Inever thought that it would havehit home,” she said.

Inspector Harry, Sgts Tooleram,Bonnette and acting CplBassion were among the team ofofficers who responded to murderreport, and at the scene DistrictMedical Officer Lester Trimviewed Saunders’ body and hadit sent to the Forensic ScienceCentre, St James, for an autopsytomorrow.

Saunders’ killing is the third torock communities in Central andSouth Trinidad between Fridayand yesterday.

Investigations are continuinginto the murders of businessmanCurtis “Papa Willie” Williams,50, was shot at his home in LaBrea by a man cradling a baby inone arm.

Williams was at his RailwayRoad home when his assailantcalled out to him, and he allowedthe man to enter but was foundminutes later bleeding from gunshotwounds.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmanfled with the baby in his arms.

Almost five hours later MichaelPatterson, 27, was shot deadalong Mucurapo Street in SanFernando.

Reports said Patterson was onthe pavement when a man ran upto him and fired two shots, andthe killer then forced a man outof his car and escaped.

Autopsies are also expected tobe performed on Williams andPatterson at the Forensic ScienceCentre tomorrow.

Twenty-four people have beenmurdered in the past 16 days.



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