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Criminal killed in drive-by

By pleasantville \\\\\ Susan Mohammed susan.mohammed@trinidadexpress.com

A 35-YEAR-old man who police said had a long criminal history was shot dead near his home yesterday. 

Marlon Layne, also known as “Balls”, was shot numerous times as he parked his car near his home in Blitz Village, Pleasantville, where he had moved recently. 

“Whoever did this had to be marking him”, a resident who did not want to be named said. 

Police said at around 2.55 p.m., Layne was parking his gold Mitsubishi Lancer car in Redwood Drive when gunmen cornered his vehicle and shot at him. 

The resident told the Express when the gunshots ran out, he ran to take cover. 

“I was liming on the hill when I heard the shots and I ran. Then I saw two cars—a red Almera and a blue Kia Pride—with their windows up, flying out the street. The two cars went in opposite directions and sped out onto the By-Pass (San Fernando). 

“I went to the car to check him and he was in the back seat. I don’t know how he got there. He was alive, but not so much. There were shots all over his body, even his foot. We put him in a car and went to the hospital,” the resident said. 

Layne died while undergoing emergency surgery at the San Fernando General Hospital. 

A party of offi­cers, led by ASP Jackman, Inspectors Don Gajadhar and Sean Dhilpaul and PC Tambie, visited the scene. 

Police said Layne was well-known to them and had a history of criminal offences, including possession of narcotics, possession of firearms and ammunition. 

Layne’s older sister, Tricia Knaggs, 38, said she had spoken to him hours earlier. 

“He called me and said he was going to check me. I didn’t think anything of it when I didn’t see him”, she said. “To be honest, just because he is dead I will not say he was the best brother.”

Police believe the killing was gang related.  

 
\The killing of Marlon Layne has taken the murder toll for the year to  238, according to an Express tally.
The murder toll at July 17 last  year was 199 .
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