T&T record two more murders

By Alexander Bruzual

Two more recorded homicides on Tuesday night have  pushed the murder toll to 94.

In the first incident, police reported that 31-year-old Ryan McKenzie was standing with a group of friends along Waterwheel Road, Diego Martin,  when, at about 930pm, an unmarked vehicle pulled alongside them. Without warning one of the occupants of the vehicle opened fire on the group, hitting McKenzie once  in the chest. The 31-year-old man fell to the ground, as his friends scampered for safety.

However, McKenzie's attacker exited the vehicle, walked up to the injured man, and proceeded to shoot him several times about the body. The attacker then returned to the waiting car and fled the scene. 

The police and emergency health services were notified and a party of officers from the Western Division Police Station responded. McKenzie was rushed to the St James Medical Complex, where he was treated before being transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. However, he succumbed to his injuries shortly after 10pm on Tuesday.

In the second incident, 53-year-old Ion Charles, who was stabbed about his body several times on Monday morning following a robbery, succumbed to his injuries yesterday at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

Police reported that Charles, of Upper Covigne Road, Diego Martin, had boarded a private hirer car at about 12:30am on Monday after he had won $6,000 at a popular casino in downtown Port-of-Spain. The 53-year-old man had told police that he asked the driver to take him home, following which he fell asleep in the car.  He was violently awoken by a man who was choking him, demanding that Charles hand over his winnings. The Diego Martin man resisted his attackers, following which he was stabbed about his body. The men then took the quantity of cash and threw the injured man out of their vehicle in the vicinity of Fuller Street, Diego Martin, before making their escape.

The police and emergency health services were notified and a party of officers from the Western Division Police Station rushed the injured man to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where he was treated. Unfortunately, the 53-year-old succumbed to his injuries at about 4:00am yesterday.

Investigations are continuing.

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