By Rickie Ramdass January 21, 2019
(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A triple shooting in the St Joseph area yesterday evening claimed the lives of two people, including a woman, bringing the murder toll for the year to date to 29.
The murders were just two of five killings that took place in various parts of the country between Saturday night and 5 p.m. yesterday.
The latest victims have been identified as Krystal Heeralal, Keron Rampersad, 27-year-old Adio Patrick and Jake Halls, 38
Six mur ders over the week end have pushed the mur der toll to 30 for the year so far.
The lat est in ci dent oc curred in Care nage on Sun day night with the mur der of Ja mal Moses.
Po lice said Moses was stand ing along the road in Mt Pleas ant around 8 pm when gun men shot him sev er al times about the body. He died on the scene.
Moses’ mur der fol lowed an un re lat ed dou ble mur der at Bangladesh in St Joseph. In that in ci dent, the vic tims were iden ti fied as Krys tal Heer alal and Keron Ram per sad.
Po lice said at about 5 pm, a lone gun man opened fire on a group of peo ple who were at Marigold Dri ve, shoot ing three. Heer alal and Ram per sad were killed, while a third vic tim, iden ti fied as Shami la St John, was al so wound ed.
St John was said to be fight ing for her life at the Er ic Williams Med ical Sci ences Com plex in Mount Hope up to last night. Po lice are yet to de ter mine a mo tive for the killing.
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In yet an oth er un re lat ed mur der in San Fer nan do, Jabari Paul, 18, of Pe nal, had just left a fete when he was shot while walk ing along Mon Cha grin Street, San Fer nan do, near the South ern Di vi sion Fraud Squad of fice. Po lice said he was shot sev er al times in the head.
Ac cord ing to a po lice re port, Paul, the fa ther of a two-year-old boy, died at about 9.15 am at the San Fer nan do Gen er al yes ter day. Po lice said that Paul had ear li er had an ar gu ment with some men and left a par ty.
A sen try sta tioned at the Fraud Squad of fice heard the gun shots and when he looked out side saw Paul ly ing on the road way bleed ing pro fuse ly. The of fi cer called for help and of fi cers of the Guard and Emer gency Branch re spond ed and took Paul to the hos pi tal where he lat er died.
Paul’s aunt, who lives near the scene of the shoot ing, said she did not know where he went or where he was go ing. She said she was asleep when she heard the gun shots. She said she thought the shoot ing vic tim could have been one of her neigh bours but not her nephew.
“I was sleep ing when I heard about 10 shots rang out and I got up to see what I could but I couldn’t see any thing. I sus pect ed that it was some body around here be cause I know every body here. Some body called us lat er on and told us about it,” Paul’s aunt said.
Based on what neigh bours said, Paul’s aunt said the po lice had de clared Paul dead at the scene, but when his arms start ed shak ing the po lice took him to the hos pi tal.
In the week end’s first in ci dent, at about 8 pm on Sat ur day a man who was found shot sev er al times about his body on the side of the road suc cumbed to his in juries while ward ed at the San gre Grande Dis trict Hos pi tal. He was iden ti fied as Jake Halls, 38, of Matu ra. He was last seen lim ing at a vil lage bar on Fri day. Po lice said it is be lieved he was shot sev er al times while walk ing on his way home from the bar.
In an oth er un re lat ed in ci dent, at about 8.30 pm on Sat ur day, Adio Patrick was stand ing along the St Fran cois Val ley Road, Bel mont, when he was ap proached by a group of men who opened fire on him. He was shot sev er al times about the body. He was tak en to the Port-of-Spain Gen er al Hos pi tal but was pro nounced dead on ar rival.
In ves ti ga tions are con tin u ing in to all in ci dents.
– by Rhondor Dowlat. Ad di tion al re port ing by Kevon Felmine and Ralph Ban warie