Two brutal killings in the space of eight hours in St James and Port of Spain yesterday pushed the murder toll for the year to date to 145.
The latest incident took place yesterday morning along Dundonald Hill, Belle Vue, St James.
At about 5.15 a.m., residents heard several loud explosions and found the body of 35-year-old Marlon Harewood lying in some bushes behind his neighbour’s house.
The residents notified the police, as well as the emergency health services, and a party of officers from the Western Division Police, including Inspector Dan, Cpl Beckles, and PC McClean, visited the scene.
Investigators recovered several spent shells.
Police also found a trail of blood from a track which led to Harewood’s house, down a 30-foot precipice to where Harewood’s body was discovered, leading investigators to believe the victim attempted to flee from his attackers before he was gunned down.
Harewood had extensive injuries to his head and legs.
A district medical officer visited the scene and ordered the body’s removal to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where a post-mortem is expected to be conducted tomorrow.
Councillor for the area, Kern Solomon, extended his condolences to relatives of the victim and offered his assistance to the police.
Relatives were too distraught to speak to the media.
Harewood’s cousins were brought to tears at the sight of his body and were heard loudly calling on the police to do their job and urging them to remove the body as soon as possible.
“They kill him dry so and leave him lying on the ground like a dog?! Oh gosh, allyuh move my cousin please! He doesn’t deserve to be left out in the open like that! Please move him! He is not an animal! He does not deserve this!” exclaimed one relative.
However, the crime scene investigators had not arrived and the man had to be told the officers could not tamper with the scene until it had been officially processed, as it could contaminate evidence-gathering procedures.
Neighbours described Harewood as a “cool-going fella” who was always there for his friends and family.
“He didn’t deserve that at all. He was a good man who would do anything for you if you were his friend or family. He was one of those who didn’t just say he had your back, he would prove it. If you needed help for anything, he was there for you,” said a neighbour.
“He was a good man. His only problem was that he lacked a little tact. He would speak what was on his mind and whatever he thought of you or a situation regardless of anything. He didn’t really care if you liked what he had to say or not. To him, he was speaking the truth and that was all that mattered, and that mouth of his has gotten him into hot water before. I don’t know if that is the reason he was attacked or not this morning, but I think more than likely it is. But even so, what they kill him for? Nobody deserves that.”
Just a few hours before, Homicide officers were called out to another scene, this time at the corner of Prince and Charlotte Streets, Port of Spain.
Police reported that at about 9 p.m. on Friday, 27-year-old Casfar Lynch, of Lemon Drive, Champs Fleurs, had parked his vehicle along Prince Street and was making his way to a popular casino at the corner of Prince and Charlotte Streets to meet a female companion.
However, as he was outside the casino, Lynch was approached by a lone gunman who shot him multiple times about the body before escaping on foot.
Lynch died instantly.
A party of officers from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, Port of Spain CID and Besson Street Police Station, including PC Dookie and PC Chinpird, responded.
Lynch’s distraught relatives, who asked not to be identified, said they did not understand why anyone would kill him in such a brazen manner.
However, they did admit he was having difficulties with the woman he was going to meet, over her relationship with another individual.
They claimed the individual had even threatened Lynch on several occasions prior.
Lynch’s relatives called on the police to conduct a thorough investigation and hold those responsible.
Lynch worked as a taxi driver and was a father.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.