2 more shot dead
...Gunman kills bakery owner after taking cash, BlackBerry
Jensen LaVende firstname.lastname@example.org
TWO men are now dead following two separate incidents yesterday.
The two murders, in addition to that of 16-year-old schoolboy Kazim Maxine, bring the murder toll for 2013 to 256, compared with 275 for the same period last year.
In the first killing, 33-year-old Jason Butcher was shot once in the left side of the head after being robbed of cash and a cellphone.
Butcher, alias “Boy Boy”, was killed around 6 a.m. yesterday after two men pretending to be customers entered Butcher’s family business, Debra’s Bakery, on the Old St Joseph Road in Laventille.
The men announced a hold-up and took $1,000 and a BlackBerry cellphone before one of the men pointed the gun at Butcher and fired.
He died on the spot.
His autopsy revealed the bullet entered close to his left ear and exited the right side of his head.
At the family’s home yesterday, on Erica Street, just off the Eastern Main Road, his wife, Jolene Persad, said the father of four was always willing to assist others.
The sentiment was shared by other relatives who gathered at the home.
One woman, identified only as “Chinee”, said Butcher was her “real dawg” who would take the sneakers off his feet and give away to another. She said his killers were just envious and may have even been the recipient of his generosity as he would willingly give free pastries to anyone who asked.
Butcher’s sister said she prayed the killers would be dealt with by God before the month ends.
Another friend of Butcher, identified only as “Alicia”, said Butcher had no enemies and was a “cool fella” whom she knew growing up in the family’s business.
Homicide detectives from the Port of Spain Bureau are continuing investigations but are still to determine a motive for the killing.
In the second murder, police are looking for a lone gunman who walked up to Phil Best, 33, while he was playing cards at a house in Kandahar, Five Rivers, Arouca.
Best was shot five times about the body by the gunman who escaped on foot around 1.15 p.m.
Arouca Homicide detectives are continuing investigations.