CHRISTMAS celebrations were shattered for a Maracas Valley family yesterday following the murder of an 18-year-old man just a stone's throw from where he lived.
Police said around 2 p.m. several gunshots were heard near an abandoned house at the corner of Acono Road and Maracas Valley Road.
Residents of Hilltop Drive and Acono Road heard the gunshots and when they went to investigate they found the bullet-riddled body of Cordell Dhanoolal, alias "Busy", lying in the house.
Police said they have information that Dhanoolal was seen being shot three times by a rastaman, who then pursued him to the abandoned house and shot him twice again.
A team of officers led by Supt David Abraham visited the scene where they conducted enquiries.
The murder toll for the year now stands at 376 according to an Express tally.