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Witnesses lead to suspects' arrest for year's first murder

By Rickie Ramdass

TWO men have been arrested and are in the custody of homicide detectives in connection with the country's first murder for 2013.

The suspects, ages 21 and 23, were arrested at a house in Barataria around 8 p.m. last Friday by officers of the North-Eastern Division Task Force (NEDTF).

Officers said based on information they received from witnesses, following the shooting death of 26-year-old Kevin Dover last Thursday, they conducted an exercise in the Barataria area which led to the arrest of the men.

Police said the suspects will be placed on identification parades, and they were confident the suspects will be charged with Dover's murder because of the evidence they have been able to gather.

Dover was shot in the chest and abdomen while liming near a shop along Ninth Avenue, Malick, last Wednesday night.

He died next morning at hospital.

He and a friend, Tarik David, 20, were approached by three men in black who opened fire on them.

David was also shot in the left arm, neck and head.

He remains at hospital in a critical condition, police said.

The exercise, which was led by Insp Roger Alexander and included Cpls Sunil Bharath and Kevin Franktom, along with PCs Collin Furlonge, Stephen Johnson, Jason Forde and Clint Dass, among others, took place between 10 a.m. and 10.30 p.m.

Also arrested were six people for possession of arms, ammunition, marijuana and outstanding warrants.

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