Three men shot dead in Arima
...including boyfriend of COP local election candidate
Jensen LaVende email@example.com
THREE men, two of whom were shot near a Congress of the People (COP) sub-office, are dead following two separate shooting incidents in Arima between Tuesday night and yesterday afternoon.
According to police reports, the most recent of the three murders took place around 4.20 p.m. yesterday. The victim, 36-year-old Christopher “Mad Dog” Greg of Malabar, Arima, was found nursing gunshot wounds along Train Line Road, Malabar.
Greg was rushed to the Arima Health Facility, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police said residents heard loud explosions and, upon checking, found Greg.
The other two men were shot on Tuesday night.
According to reports, around 8.05 p.m. on Tuesday, Shiyloh Yahseph McIntosh, 21, of Guerra Street, Calvary Hill, Arima; and Kernel Jobe, 27, of Cocorite Road, Sunset Avenue, Arima, were with a group of men at an abandoned house at Mahogany Drive, Malabar, when they were approached by three men who fired several shots at the group.
McIntosh was shot in the head and died at the scene, while Jobe received injuries about his body and was conveyed to the Arima Health Facility, where he succumbed to his injuries at 8.25 p.m.
Speaking with members of the media at the Forensic Science Centre yesterday, McIntosh’s mother, Ariyah Yahseph, said her first-born son, who got the nickname “Sky” because of his height, was well loved.
She said her son was not in any criminal activity and she believed he was killed because of jealousy since his girlfriend, Kizzy Ann Edwards, is the COP candidate for the Malabar South area in the upcoming local government election.
Yahseph said the killers believed that he may have been the beneficiary of State contracts if his girlfriend were to be elected. She said that was just an idea as to why people would want him dead since he had no known enemies.
McIntosh and Jobe had just finished painting the abandoned house, which would have been their haven away from the chaos at the sub-office just across the road.
Also speaking with the media was McIntosh’s father, who called on the youths to stop killing one another, as they are the future.
Moments after McIntosh’s parents spoke with the media, Jobe’s mother, Judith Callender, told the media the last thing her son told her was he would always be there with her.
Callender said her son was killed while doing something uplifting after his job as a delivery driver. She said two mothers are now hurting, and asked what was the reason.
Both mothers denied their sons died as a result of any political affiliations, and called on the authorities to dispense justice for their loss.
McIntosh’s girlfriend spoke to the media outside her campaign office yesterday and said the death of her best friend almost made her give up her political aspirations.
Edwards too denied the men’s death was politically related and believed her move to better herself was the reason for the attack.
Investigations are continuing into all three murders, as police have labelled them all as gang-related.