The country recorded its 198th murder on Tuesday night, with the shooting death of 24-year-old ex-convict Sylvester Anoop, killed in a drive-by shooting in Marabella.
Anoop, of Riverside Road, Marabella, was released from prison a month ago, police said.
He was sitting on the roadside at nearby Jack Street, when a dark tinted car pulled alongside him around 10.45 p.m.
Police said the back-seat occupant rolled down the window and opened fire on Anoop.
The car then sped away.
Police said residents heard the loud explosion and found Anoop slumped on the roadway. He was shot in the head and chest.
Police said Anoop had several matters pending before the court.
Speaking to the media yesterday, relatives recalled that Anoop was a kind and loving person who, although he did a few “bad things” in his life, wasn’t a “bad person”.
“He was a happy-go-lucky person. He always liked children and loved football. He did bad things in his life, but he wasn’t a bad person per se. That’s the best way I can describe him. He got in trouble with the law. He committed a few robberies, he got in a few fights. But he never seriously hurt anyone or kill anyone or anything like that. Just some petty stuff,” explained a relative, who asked not to be identified.
The Express was told Anoop was liming with his friends at Jack Street, Marabella, near the home of a neighbour, where a wake was taking place.
Shortly before the shooting, the group noticed when a vehicle cruised onto the street.
However, at the time they thought nothing of it, as they believed the driver was heading toward the wake. It was only when the driver pulled alongside them that it dawned the passengers were intent on violence.
“Only when we see the passenger pull out a gun and just shoot up the place that we realise we were in trouble,” said the relative.
She confirmed Anoop had a pending matter in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court for a robbery charge, and that he had recently been released from prison after serving time for another robbery matter.