A CASE of mistaken identity was the motive given for the murder of a Maraval man who was shot dead on Friday night.
It was around 11 p.m. that Keston Diaz, 28, was shot a total of six times about the body while in the company of his wife, at Le Platte Village.
His killing has taken the country’s murder toll for the year so far to 108 according to a Sunday Express tally.
Investigating officers said the couple was walking along a roadway, not far from their home when they were approached by two gunmen who opened fire.
Diaz, a cook at a fast food restaurant, attempted to run after being shot but eventually collapsed along the roadway before the gunmen escaped. His wife was not injured in the attack, said police.
Officers said residents in the area, placed Diaz in a vehicle and rushed him to the Port of Spain General Hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead on arrival.
Detectives from the Maraval and St James Police Station as well as homicide and crime scene investigators went to the area and carried out enquiries. Several bullet casings were recovered, said police.
They said Diaz was not known to be involved in any criminal activities and met his death innocently by being “in the wrong place at the wrong time”.
An autopsy is to be performed on his body at the Forensic Science Centre, Federation Park, St James, tomorrow.