Turf warfare blamed for couple’s murder

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.

Bloody weekend - six murders across Trinidad

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.

Five overnight murders

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.

Two killed overnight

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.

Three murders in Western Trinidad

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.