Friday, December 15, 2017

Diego man gunned down; teen dies in cross-fire after church

With the deaths of 19-year-old Josiah St Hill and 29-year-old Kevin Joseph, the murder toll has been pushed to 182.

The murder toll for the same period last year was 148.

According to police reports, the two killings took place within 30 minutes of each other in El Socorro and Diego Martin.

The first incident took place at about 11.15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police reported that Joseph, who lived along North West Drive, Patna Village, Diego Martin, was liming with a group of friends near

the Patna Village Recreation Grounds when they were approached by a group of five men dressed in all black.

The armed assailants reportedly told the friends they were going to die before opening fire. The assail­ants then fled on foot.

Joseph was killed while two of his friends, Adrian James, 27, and Jermol Ottley, 21, were both shot multiple times about their bodies.

The police and Emergency Health Services were notified, and a party of officers from the Western Division and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including ASP Patterson, Inspector Thomas, Sgt Perry, and Cpl Beckles, visited the scene.

Both James and Ottley were rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital where they are in serious condition.

Several spent shells were recovered at the scene.

Police sources told the Express yes­terday they had received “key information” on the identities of the assailants and police exercises were expected to be conduc­ted soon.

The second murder took place at about 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday.

According to police reports, St Hill, who worked as a security offi­cer, was walking along Jo Jo Lane, San Juan, when he was caught in the cross-fire between two rival groups.

The injured teenager was rushed to the Eric Williams Medical Scien­ces Complex in Mt Hope where he died shortly after arrival.

Yesterday, at the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park, re­latives of Joseph and St Hill spoke to the media as they waited for the autopsies on their loved ones.

Joseph’s relatives said they believe the 29-year-old man was killed because of the company he kept.

“He used to do upholstering for a living and he used to support his six-year-old son.... But, you see, there are repercussions for the type of company you keep and young people need to learn that. Show me your friends and I will show you who you are,” explained Joseph’s father.

St Hill’s relatives were too distraught to speak, emphasising the teenager was killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They noted at the time of the incident, St Hill was on his way home after a late church service.