Father of one gunned down

By Valencia \\\\\ Alexander Bruzual

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 26-year-old man who was shot to death in Valencia on Wednesday evening.

According to police reports, the incident took place at about 6.45 p.m. on Wednesday when residents along the Valencia Main Road, in the vicinity of Hollis Reservoir, heard several loud explosions.

Upon investigating, they found the body of a man lying in the roadway in a pool of blood.

The police were notified and a party of officers from the Eastern Division and Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Superintendent Mahabir and Inspector Lutchman, visited the scene.

Crime scene investi­ga­tors recovered several spent shells in the area and a district medical offi­cer ordered the body’s removal to the Forensic Science Centre in Federation Park where an autopsy was performed yesterday by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.

The deceased was then identified by relatives as Anthony De Ver­teuil of Cordia Drive, Valen­cia.

At the centre yesterday, while speaking to the media, De Verteuil’s relatives made a plea for persons engaging in criminal activities to “just stop”.

“I don’t know what to say, nah. Please, just stop the crime, stop the crime. Y’all killing people’s children and fathers. Just stop it,” said a female relative.

They said the family was taking the death very hard because De Verteuil was a father of a young daughter.

They noted while he had previous run-ins with the law for “simple matters” and was “not perfect”, he was always a deeply loving and caring man to his family.

De Verteuil, relatives said, was a construction worker by trade and was also attached to the now defunct LifeSport programme.

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