PIERCING screams rang through Straker Village in Laventille yesterday, following the shooting death of a man described by his neighbours as well known and loved, with the reason given for his murder being the area's gang members wanting his house to occupy.
The murder toll stood at 67 up to last night. At the same time last year (February 20), it was 58.
The latest victim was 45-year-old Floyd Corridon.
He was the stepbrother of slain gang leader Mark Guerra, who himself was shot dead in March 2003 in Wallerfield. Corridon was also the stepbrother of Mark Guerra's younger brother, Marvin, who was killed in Laventille last Sunday.
Around 10 a.m., Corridon and his teenage son were making their way to the elder Corridon's house, located in the heart of Straker Village, when they were pounced on by a gunman.
The man aimed his weapon and squeezed the trigger several times, but the gun did not go off.
In the meantime, Corridon's son was able to reach home safely, with his father running behind him.
By this time, the gunman fixed his 9 mm pistol and fired off several shots at Corridon, who was hit five times.
He slumped to the ground and died in some bushes, a stone's throw away from his home.
The police, some of whom were on an exercise earlier in Beetham Gardens, rushed to Straker Village to secure the murder scene.
By 11 a.m., the entire community seemed aware of what had happened, and one by one, they began gathering near the scene.
Corridon's wife, Debra Corridon, screamed when she caught a glimpse of her husband's body lying in the bushes.
She said she was speaking to her son while he and his father were being pursued by the gunman.
"My son tell me the gun jam as he run through the bush, but I don't know about this sort of thing and my children don't know about that either because we grow we children up in the Lord."
She said she last spoke to her husband yesterday morning while he was washing dishes in the family's kitchen.
"Why these fellas have to come and take he life just so, and I know them fellas who gun him down hungry right now as he used to feed all of them," she screamed.
Prior to the 2010 general election, Corridon was the Unemployment Relief Programme's (URP) area foreman, and many people interviewed in the community praised him as a fair manager.
"Yuh could have come to Corridon with anything," said a woman who did not want to be named.
"The people who kill him is people he know," said another man.
And Debra Corridon cried as she contemplated breaking the news of her father's death to their daughter, who by noon was brought to the scene.
Much like her mother, there was little that could have been done to console her.
Homicide Bureau officers are continuing investigations.