Murder in Santa Cruz
By RHONDOR DOWLAT Friday, May 11 2007
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REMOVING BODY: Undertakers remove the body of Keron 'Croc' Hypolite of Jigger Hill in Santa Cruz yesterday while family, friends and curious neighbour...
GUNMEN sprayed bullets at a group of men liming at a house in Santa Cruz yesterday, killing one and wounding two others.
Police believe that the shootings were gang-related. They also said they believed it was the resurgence of gang warfare in the area and has since deployed two special police units in the area to help curb the situation.
According to a police report, Keron ‘Croc’ Hypolite, 22, of Bass Trace, Pipiol Road, Jigger Hill Village, was liming in front of his home with friends when they were approached by a group of gunmen.
Police said the gunmen fired several shots at the men and ran off. Two of the men identified as Ian Charles and Miguel Carimbocas were shot. They were both taken to the Port- of-Spain General Hospital where they were treated and warded in a stable condition.
Police said however, that Hypolite who was also shot collapsed at the side of his house and was approached by a lone gunman who pumped three bullets to the neck. Hypolite, police said, died on the scene. He was shot three times in the neck and four times about the body, police said. His body was removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James where an autopsy will be carried out today.
An investigating officer told Newsday that Hypolite was one of the main suspects in the recent murder of Kendell Balcon who lived in the same village. Balcon’s bullet-riddled body was found slumped behind the steering wheel of his car at Stollmeyer Street, Cantaro Village, in the vicinity of the Brian Lara Recreation Grounds in Santa Cruz on April 16.
Police said that last year there were a series of gang-related activities including killings and as a result they had implemented regular police patrols and deployed special police units in the area, which curbed the situation.
Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Hypolite’s father, Kenneth Sorzano said he was at work when he heard of the incident. “I really don’t know what happen all I know is that they kill him. I cannot say anything else on it,” Sorzano said.
Hypolite’s murder was recorded as the 97th for the year thus far.
Investigations are continuing.