The murder of two friends, less than 12 hours apart, has officially pushed the murder toll to 160.
The corresponding toll at this time last year was 125.
The first incident took place at about 9 p.m. on Sunday along Hamlet Trace, St Barbs.
Police reported that residents of the area heard several loud explosions and, upon investigating, observed the body of 26-year-old Keron Lewis, of Village Council Street, Laventille, lying on the roadway bleeding from multiple injuries to the head and upper torso.
The police were notified and party of officers from the Port of Spain Division and the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, including Senior Supt Kenny McIntyre, visited the scene.
Crime scene investigators reportedly recovered several spent shells and a district medical officer ordered the body’s removal to the Forensic Science Centre in St James.
The second incident took place at about 7 a.m. yesterday in Port of Spain.
Police reported that residents of Duke Street reported hearing several loud explosions and, upon investigating, they found the lifeless body of 20-year-old Dexter Alexander lying on the roadway. Alexander, police said, was from Basilon Street, East Dry River, and had also received gunshot injuries about the head and upper body.
The area was also cordoned off, leading to traffic build-up in the capital city as commuters made their way to work. Crime scene investigators also recovered several spent shells at this scene.
Speaking to the media yesterday, relatives of Lewis and Alexander said they were still trying to come to terms with the fact that the two friends had been killed.
“They only now start liming together, they just become friends the other day and they now start going out and thing. But friends will take you places and can’t bring you back, and the kind of people they were associating with were not the right type of people. All I will say is that my brother was not a saint. But to his family and friends he was so respectful. He was real loving. He loved his family and neighbours, you can ask anyone up there,” explained Alexander’s relatives.
While they were deep in mourning, they did ask that persons be wary of the company they kept, so that they could avoid the pain that the family was currently feeling.
“If you know your loved one in any thing wrong, tell them stop. Don’t remain silent and not say a word, that is only encouraging them. Tell them stop, make them listen. Because if you don’t then you too will be in the same position that we are in right now, and it is not a nice feeling at all,” explained Alexander’s sister.
Investigations into both incidents are continuing.