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Sixth victim of gang violence

PORT OF SPAIN — A 29-year-old Morvant construction worker was the sixth person shot dead in east Port-of-Spain on Wednesday.

Friends and relatives of Samuel Brewster said they were waiting on him to return home from a shopping trip in Port-of-Spain when they received a call saying he had been found murdered at Mango Alley, Trou Macaque, Laventille. Brewster lived a short distance away at Halls Lane, Pelican Extension, Morvant.

In an interview at the Forensic Science Centre, St. James, yesterday, Brewster’s aunt said their family was left confused over his murder.

“He wasn’t in anything. He doh meddle with anybody,” she said.

She denied he was involved in gang activity, saying: “All he used to do is work and take a little drink (alcohol) on evenings.”

The woman said she did not understand why he was killed in Mango Alley as he would never stop in that community on his way home.

“I want to know how he end up there and which driver take him there to get kill?” she asked.

According to police reports, shortly after 10 pm, residents of Mango Alley reported hearing gunshots. When they checked they found Brewster lying in the middle of the road with several gunshot wounds to his chest. He died on the scene. Homicide detectives have not established a motive for his murder up to late yesterday.

Meanwhile, Akin Perry was identified as the victim who was shot dead at Blondell Alley, East Dry River, Port-of-Spain, around 6.30 p.m. on Thursday. Perry, 28, lived at Gloster Lodge Road, Gonzales. Police said Perry was liming in front of a shop at East Dry River when he was approached by two gunmen who shot him several times. He was rushed to Port-of-Spain General Hospital but died while undergoing emergency surgery.

The other victims of Wednesday’s gang violence were:

* Niam Antoine, 16, of Piccadilly Street, Port-of-Spain;

* Antoine’s 16-year-old cousin Rasheeda Gomez, also of Duncan Street, Port-of-Spain;

* Sean Lewis Jr, 17, of Trou Macaque Road, Laventille; and

* Christopher Peters, 27, of Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain.

Police said no one had been arrested in connection with the murder spree up to late yesterday but officers did round up several people during anti-crime exercises yesterday. These exercises are expected to continue over the next couple days. When a news team drove around east Port-of-Spain yesterday, uniformed officers were seen patrolling the streets on foot while their colleagues, in marked police vehicles, were circling the communities at five-minute intervals. (Guardian)

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