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Man shot, woman stabbed to death

By Gyasi Gonzales

Stephon King of Olton Road, Arima was shot dead yesterday morning near the Santa Rosa race track when a gunman approached a group of men and opened fire.

And Glenda Lara, a mother of four, was stabbed to death at the El Socorro home of a friend on Tuesday night following an argument with a man she had known only a few months. A 56-year-old man is currently assisting the police in their enquiries.

Their deaths bring the murder toll for the year to 343 according to an Express tally.

Police said that around 9.30 a.m. King and three other men were standing near the facility having a discussion when a gunman walked up to the group and opened fire.

King and the three other men were hit.

All four were taken to the Arima District Health Facility where King was pronounced dead on arrival.

The other three men however remained at the hospital under police guard.

Up to press time the police were unable to arrive at a motive behind the shooting but officers of the Region 2 Homicide Bureau are continuing investigations.

In the other incident, police said between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Lara, 44, who lived by herself at Ajodha Trace off Don Miguel Road, San Juan was at the Maraj Trace, El Socorro home of a male friend having drinks.

There was another man there at the time and he was described as a friend of Lara's as well.

Sometime around 10 p.m. the owner of the house left Lara and the man in the porch as they continued having drinks. He opted to go into his bedroom to sleep.

Around 11 p.m. the house owner awoke. He walked out to his porch to see if Lara and the other man were still here.

The man, however, found Lara lying on her stomach with an eight-inch-long knife stuck in the centre of her back. She also had a stab wound to her abdomen.

The man called the Barataria Police and a team of officers from the Barataria CID along with the Homicide Bureau arrived on the scene and took Lara to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Hours later the suspect walked into the Barataria Police Station where he gave himself up after he was reportedly overheard telling a friend that, "ah now give she a blood bath dey."

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