KILLED: Jah David Andrews

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Gang leader murdered

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

JAH David Andrews, who allegedly took over the reins of the infamous G-Unit gang following the murder of Kerwin “Fresh” Phillip in 2007, has been killed.

The Police Service is now bracing itself for bloody reprisals as a result of Andrews’ killing.

According to police reports, around 9.35 p.m. on Monday, Andrews, 37, was standing near the NP Service Station on Charlotte Street in Port of Spain, which is currently under construction, when he was shot down in a drive-by.

“Rapid and loud explosions” were heard.

Investigators believe semi-automatic weapons were used in the shooting.

Andrews was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital which is across the street from the gas station.

He was pronounced dead on arrival.

Last August, Andrews was among a group of “gang leaders” who held a private meeting with then National Security Minister Jack Warner and then Port of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing.

Andrews shot in the limelight following the shooting death of Phillip on September 16, 2007.

Phillip was alleged to be the head of the G-Unit gang and Andrews his second in command.

Andrews became the head of the gang following Phillip’s death.

Andrews’ death took place a stone’s throw away from where his predecessor was killed under similar circumstances.

The name of the gang was changed to “Rasta City”, investigators said.

Detectives believe as a result of Andrews’ death there will be increased bloodshed in and around the Port of Spain area.

Andrews lived at Apartment 1-1 Building Four in Harpe Place, off Observatory Street in Port of Spain.

The Express yesterday visited the area. Andrews’ apartment was being cleaned out.

All his sneakers were lined up on top a wall outside the apartment.

Duane Stephenson’s song “August Town” was being blasted from a speaker in the field in the middle of Harpe Place.

One of Andrews’ primary school friends, who requested anonymity, said he was a “soldier who was helpful to everyone and did a lot for the community”.

He said Andrews was a father of six, three boys and three girls.

“Anytime anyone had an issue, even police, they knew they could come to him and he would resolve it,” the friend said.

Residents claimed Andrews was lured out of his home to his death.

“Someone came to his window and called him out, he was not supposed to have been there (at the gas station),” a resident said.

“Life is a circle, and what goes around comes around, the people who did this (killed Andrews) know there will be consequences,” he added.

Andrews was said to have been instrumental in always arranging the Christmas party for the children in the area. This year’s Christmas party would not be the same.

“We will be lighting flambeaux to remember him, not only here but all over Port of Spain,” Andrews’ friend said.

According to an Express tally the murder toll for the year now stands at 379.  The toll at December 13, 2012 was 368.

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