Ongoing turf warfare has been blamed for the double murder of a couple in the squatting community of Bangladesh in St Joseph on Sunday.
Relatives of murder victim Keron Rampersad, 33, said they were alerted by the sound of a car speeding near their home before a volley of gunshots rang out.
Speaking with the Guardian Media yesterday, Rampersad’s mother, who declined to give her name, said was in a state of shock when she emerged from her home and saw her son and his girlfriend, Crystal Heeralal, dead on the roadway.
Six murders over the weekend have pushed the murder toll to 30 for the year so far.
The latest incident occurred in Carenage on Sunday night with the murder of Jamal Moses.
Police said Moses was standing along the road in Mt Pleasant around 8 pm when gunmen shot him several times about the body. He died on the scene.
Moses’ murder followed an unrelated double murder at Bangladesh in St Joseph. In that incident, the victims were identified as Krystal Heeralal and Keron Rampersad.
Two double murders were among the five recorded overnight in Trinidad, bringing the murder toll to 20.
A sixth body was found in Tobago.
Police also suspect murder in that case as the body was burnt beyond recognition in a car. However, it is yet to be classified.
The murder victims have been identified as Nathon Cummings, 25, Yahvel Joseph, 22, Akash Dookie, 20, Darius Joseph, 19 and Dwayne James, 27.
Police are now investigating two separate murders which occurred overnight.
In the latest incident, one man was killed and another has been hospitalised following a shooting incident at El Socorro, San Juan, early Thursday.
According to police reports, at around 2.58 am residents at Shaquille Trace heard a series of gunshots and subsequently called the police.
Two men have been shot and killed overnight as the murder toll continues to rise.
According to police reports, shortly before 10 pm, residents of Fourth Street, Simeon Road, Petit Valley reported hearing several loud explosions.
Two separate shooting incidents in Western Trinidad have claimed the lives of three men.
Reports indicate that around 3 am residents of Freedom Street, Cocorite, reported hearing several loud explosions.
Police were called in and proceeded to a house in the area where they discovered the bodies of two men lying in pools of blood.
They were pronounced dead at the scene.
In the second incident, police responded to a shooting in Carenage.