ALMA NORAY, the Beverly Hills, Laventille, woman who was killed at her apartment early Saturday morning, was murdered by gang members who believed she was "informing" the police about their activities.
In the wake of her murder, patrols have been stepped up in Beverly Hills, where four Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) media workers were shot at while covering two murders that occurred in that neighbourhood on Saturday.
A well-placed source in the Police Service's Port of Spain Division explained yesterday that a close male relative of Noray had been arrested a few times for shooting and shooting with intent, as well as gun and ammunition possession.
The source disclosed that 51-year-old Noray felt very aggrieved about this and found it unfair that it was merely her relative being arrested and not others suspected of the same activities.
The source said the gang members kept monitoring Noray's activities and her several visits to the police and as a result they made the decision to have her eliminated.
Noray, a mother of eight, was shot shortly before 5 a.m. on Saturday as she slept on the floor of her Housing Development Corporation (HDC) apartment as, according to relatives, she felt that her life was under threat and that the floor was the safest place to sleep.
That morning, a lone bullet was fired through her living room window and she was hit in her hip.
She was rushed to Port of Spain General Hospital where she died while undergoing surgery.
No one has been arrested for her murder.
Saturday's other murder in Beverly Hills also remains unsolved.
The victim, 29-year-old Joel "Garlic Sauce" Bodkin, was not a former cadet as described in newspaper reports.
According to Colonel Patrick Taylor, Commandant of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force: "Contrary to recent newspaper publications, Mr Bodkin is not a member of the Cadet Force, nor has he been a member of the Cadet Force."