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He was slain because of jealousy

Wives of murder victim:

By Jensen LaVende jensen.lavende@trinidadexpress.com

KEVON BUTLER planned on spending his 33rd birthday yesterday with his second wife and 19-month and five-month-old sons. Instead, his relatives were planning his funeral after he was gunned down on Monday night.

Speaking with the media yesterday, the wives of Butler, a practising Muslim, said the deceased regional supervisor at the Ministry of Labour may have been killed because his attackers were jealous of all he had achieved.

Butler, whose Muslim name was Omar, of Pashley Street, Laventille, was shot several times about the body while standing on the roadway. Police were told that a white Almera car pulled up alongside him and its occupants opened fire.

Butler was taken to Port of Spain General Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

Police sources claimed that Butler, alias "Four Five", was killed in reprisal for the shooting death of 11-year-old Kareem Alphonso, who was shot and killed at Dorata Street on August 25. Alphonso was the son of murder accused Barry Alphonso.

Both Butler's wives denied that, saying that their husband loved children and would never do anything to hurt them.

Butler's first wife Marsha Walcott described her husband as "real friendly" and he adored children.

Asked if he was threatened, Walcott said that would not be something he would have told his wives. She was adamant that her husband was not in any gang and though he "lived a life before" he had since changed his ways.

She said her husband loved to sing, especially songs by Rodney "Benjai" Le Blanc.

Butler's second wife Makita Mohammed said she last spoke to her husband on Monday night while he was preparing to visit her and their children. She said her husband's death may have been linked to the Government contract he received to beautify the area around the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) buildings in Trou Macaque that were destroyed by fire last year.

His death takes the murder toll for the year to 355.

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