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‘Higher force killed Fresh’

By ONIKA JAMES Tuesday, September 18 2007

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A ROMAN Catholic priest has hinted that G-Unit gang leader Kerwin “Fresh” Phillip was assassinated not by criminals but, a higher force. Phillip was shot with semi-automatic guns, while walking to his car at the corner of Oxford and Henry Streets, Port-of-Spain, during the wee hours of Sunday morning.

According to police, Phillip was confronted by two men, one armed with a Galil rifle and another with a nine-millimetre gun. They opened fire killing Phillip on the spot.

In delivering the sermon at the ceremonial opening of the 2007-2008 law term at the Holy Trinity Cathedral yesterday, Father Jason Gordon, strayed from his prepared text and described Kerwin Phillip as “a committed advocate for peace, his assassination was by persons highly trained and from a different level who did not want the peace to hold.”

Father Gordon, the Vicar for Administration at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port-of-Spain and a former parish priest of Gonzales, Belmont, said, “There were five warring factions in the area, and five murders in six weeks. The entire community was under siege but by bringing leaders together there was a drop in the murder rate.” Father Gordon is convinced that the peace was held until the killing of “Fresh” on Sunday morning.

“The murder of Phillip has challenged this peace. He (Fresh) brought the petty criminal activity under control in his area, through a community intervention which challenged and often punished young offenders, keeping order on the streets, something the police have not been able to achieve, ” the priest said.

Before a scattered crowd, Gordon said he could have spoken about a prime minister who has been convicted of corruption, former ministers on both side of government, problems in the Judiciary regarding the Chief Justice and Chief Magistrate, witnesses being killed but, these are symptoms of a problem. He said the underlying connection between the escalating murder rate, the deterioration of communities, hijacking and the general experience of a lack of safety are not simply problems in part of society but fundamental issues on the whole.

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