ONE of the things Wayne Ollivierra visioned the most was peace in the community where he lived.
He was an active member of the Gonzales Village Council and always sought to develop new strategies that would encourage the youths in the area to steer clear from becoming involved in a life of crime.
Yesterday that vision came to a sudden and tragic end, when Ollivierra himself fell victim to murderers—he was shot more than 20 times as he stood outside his home at the corner of Gloster Lodge Road and Lovers Lane in Gonzales.
Crime scene investigators spent close to five hours on the scene, collecting a total of 30 bullet shells which were found scattered along the roadway.
Around 10.30 a.m., Ollivierra, 40, was standing outside his home, when three men approached and began shooting. He was shot multiple times, including in the head and neck, before he collapsed in a drain and died.
Before escaping through a track in the area, his killers took his wallet and gold chain, investigators said.
But despite their escape, police said they were confident arrests would be made soon, as there were CCTV cameras in the area which may have captured footage of the murder.
Officers said Ollivierra was not known to be involved in any criminal activities, but they believed his death may be linked to the shooting of a man and a teenager at The Harpe on Saturday night, not far from where Ollivierra lived.
Police said at around 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aaron Phillip, 16, of Hermitage Road, Belmont, and Rashide Wilson, 29, who lived at The Harpe, were standing outside Wilson's home, when a white car with three occupants pulled up and began shooting.
Phillip was shot in the neck, while Wilson was hit in the back. They were both rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital, where they remained warded in a stable condition up to yesterday evening police said.
Speaking to the Express at her home yesterday, Ollivierra's mother, Hyacinth Ollivierra, said she did not have the words to describe her emotions.
The woman said she was at church with her three grandchildren when she was made aware by her sister that Ollivierra had been killed.
"There are no words to describe this. This is just so painful. You know, Wayne was always looking for peace in the community.
"He was always coming up with some type of idea to fight crime in the community, and look at what has taken place now.
"He was very active in the community and I would like to know why he was killed. I now know how all of these other parents felt when their children were killed. It has reached home... Why are our children killing out each other? All I can say is let there be peace. God help us, please," she said.
Ollivierra's killing has taken the country's murder toll for the year so far to 224, according to an Express tally. Investigations are ongoing.