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Granny shot dead

Because she stood up to gangs in her community and refused to leave despite several threats, a grandmother of eight was nw4330brutally killed yesterday morning while standing in her yard on St Paul Street, Port of Spain—just a stone’s throw away from the Besson Street Police Station.

According to police reports, around 8.30 a.m. yesterday, Marlene Grant was walking down the steps to her two-storey home when, as she reached the last step, she was accosted by two masked men armed with handguns.

On seeing her assailants, Grant attempted to run away, however, the two men opened fire on the 57-year-old woman, hitting her eight times in the process. The woman fell to the ground and one of her attackers walked over to her and shot her two more times in the head.

The two assailants then fled the scene on foot.

Concerned residents, on hearing the noise, contacted the police and emergency health services and Grant was rushed to the Port of Spain General Hospital.

However, despite the best efforts of the attending doctors, she succumbed to her injuries during treatment.

A party of officers from the Besson Street Police Station, the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, the Port of Spain (PoS) Task Force, the PoS CID, and the Inter Agency Task Force, including ASP Smith, Sgt Lynch, and Cpl Beckles responded.

Crime Scene Investigators also reportedly recovered 16 spent 9mm shells from the scene.

Grant’s body was taken to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where an autopsy was performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov.

Alexandrov, in speaking to family members and reporters after completing the autopsy, explained that while Grant’s killers may have intended to “execute her” by shooting her twice in the head, those were not the injuries which led to her death.

Her attackers would have shot her eight times prior to her collapsing and as she was lying on the ground, with the left side of the head facing upwards, they shot her twice more at close range. They attempted to execute her. But these were not the shots which claimed her life. She was shot on the left of the nostril, and the bullets travelled through the facial part of the skull and did not damage her brain. These wounds were not fatal,” Alexandrov explained.

From his findings, the forensic pathologist said that Grant would have been facing her attackers when the shooting began.

Alexandrov explained: “As she saw the guns pointed towards her, she attempted to duck down to remove her upper torso from the line of fire. At this moment, she was hit to the top of left shoulder, with this bullet exiting on the back.

Realizing her situation, she attempted to turn around and try to run away, with her torso still bent, and it was at this moment that she was shot seven more times. She sustained two wounds on the back, one of which perforated her left kidney, left lobe of her liver and entered the heart.

This was the injury which led to her death. She also sustained five gunshot wounds to both legs, four of which were to the left leg.”

After hearing this, relatives were appalled to learn that Grant’s attackers were “bent on killing her at any means”.

She never did anybody anything. She was a warm and loving woman. The most anyone can say is that she used to tell them bad boys and gang men off, telling them to change their lives and she not condoning any ‘badman ting’ near her. But like they didn’t like that, and this is not the first time they made an attempt on her life. About two months ago, they try to scare her off and have her move out when they almost burn down her apartment, but she say she wasn’t budging. She stood up to them and wasn’t condoning anything near her. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why anyone would want her dead so badly,” explained a female relative.

Grant’s sister, Patricia James, said she was heartbroken by the incident and called on the police to find the persons responsible for this heinous crime.

She was a mother of six, a grandmother of eight. She had nothing but love in her heart. Let me tell you that. She loved her grandchildren and children more than life itself and they will all miss her greatly and she will be greatly missed. She never did anything to deserve that and I hope the police find those responsible,” James said.

However, James also revealed that she was the grandmother of Tecia Henry, and she said the police “never found” the men responsible for her granddaughter’s death, and as such she did not have much faith that investigators would find the men responsible for her sister’s killing.

I hope I am wrong. But five years have passed since Tecia died, and the police never hold anyone officially for my granddaughter’s death. And now they gone and kill my sister, so I’m not expecting anything different really,” James said.

Ten-year-old Tecia, of John John, Laventille, was found strangled beneath a neighbour’s house on June 17, 2009, four days after she disappeared while running an errand for her mother.

Her killing caused near riots with residents at John John accusing those of neighbouring Block Eight of knowing who had committed the heinous crime. The murder toll for the year now stands at 310, according to an Express tally. The comparable figure for the period last year is 293. (Trinidad Express)

33 Responses to Granny shot dead

  1. Sammie N. Doyle
    Sammie N. Doyle October 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Not Barbados, very misleading. That’s shameful ppls.

  2. Matthew Furby Dan Spooner
    Matthew Furby Dan Spooner October 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

    sick and disturbing

  3. Ron Murr
    Ron Murr October 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I would like Barbados Today to properly label their news…. If it is Caribbean News please lead the headline stating such!

  4. Anna Bovell
    Anna Bovell October 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Hang them !

  5. Technique Technician
    Technique Technician October 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This will happen in Barbados in the very near future.

  6. Tracia Seifert-Licorish
    Tracia Seifert-Licorish October 4, 2014 at 11:18 am


  7. Raven Phoenix
    Raven Phoenix October 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

    It doesn’t matter where it happened. It’s the issue, and the crime rate is spreading across the Caribbean. Just because it didn’t happen in Barbados yet doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about it. Because when these criminals flee, they flee to other Caribbean islands and bring their nonsense with them. This really saddens me. To see that just standing up for yourself puts you in a fatal situation. Smh. Heartbreaking.

    • Andrew Charles
      Andrew Charles October 4, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thank You Raven!
      Let them know senseless crime can happen anywhere.
      I don’t know why we Bajans have this “above average” attitude toward other Caribbean islands……it sickens me really.

  8. Jackie Jones
    Jackie Jones October 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Read this n first thought was Barbados….wrong!

  9. Krystal Alexis
    Krystal Alexis October 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Fix it Jesus

  10. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Agree, I thought it was in Barbados. Need to work on better headlines.

  11. Tawana Cummins
    Tawana Cummins October 4, 2014 at 11:49 am

    The license plate alone would give away it isnt Barbados….

  12. Tha Prototype
    Tha Prototype October 4, 2014 at 11:54 am

    What is the world coming to when you gun down an elderly woman simply because she dOesn’t want gangs or illegal activity in her area? Sigh!

  13. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith October 4, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Since it says St Paul street, Port of Spain, how can anyone think it is in Barbados? And why are people so tied up with that when there is a fellow Caribbean being murdered smh.

  14. Santini More
    Santini More October 4, 2014 at 11:56 am

    The politicians of the Caribbean should hang their heads in shame. They have created the background for this type of situation to evolve in too many of our islands. Drugs, corruption and greed are all part of this explosion in crime. And now we have reached the stage where gangs are assassinating 57 year old grannies….Shame on all of us.

  15. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith October 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Condolences to this lady’s family.

  16. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund October 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Saved under Regional ..Trinidad and Tobago. ..nuff said…
    May this lady rest in peace…her family find comfort…and may we Bajans never lay claim to something so heinous happening on our land. .

  17. Denise Clendinning
    Denise Clendinning October 4, 2014 at 12:22 pm


  18. Charly Bamboo
    Charly Bamboo October 4, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Does not matter where it happen in the Caribbean, it is still an evil act full stop

  19. Jacinta Lashley
    Jacinta Lashley October 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Shameful behavior indeed. This happens all over the world including the Caribbean islands in one form or the other, the disrespect of the elderly. This has to stop period. This is where the focus should be, not where it happened. And yes the heading could have been clearer to avoid misleading news reporting. I checked the story because I have family and friends in Bim and thought it had happened there.

  20. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love October 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Sorry Love it already happening in Barbados. Innocent people being gunned down or stab, chopped, maimed. Doesn’t matter who it is and yes it is only a matter of time.

  21. Neisha Hippolyte
    Neisha Hippolyte October 4, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Wanna can’t see. The headline has Trinidad Granny shot dead. The point is news is news. Stupse

  22. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith October 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    One on the things I don’t like about Trinidad is that you never hear that someone is arrested for crimes like these.

    • Ron Murr
      Ron Murr October 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

      It’s like people only care about spreading tragic news… now that’s shameful

  23. Wayne T Griffith
    Wayne T Griffith October 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    One on the things I don’t like about Trinidad is that you never hear that someone is arrested for crimes like these.

  24. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It does say ‘Trinidad’ not a Triny

  25. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It does say ‘Trinidad’ not a Triny

  26. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It does say ‘Trinidad’ not a Triny

  27. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    It does say ‘Trinidad’ not a Triny

  28. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer October 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Dem want burning wid fire.

  29. Juno Sobers
    Juno Sobers October 5, 2014 at 4:03 am

    So sad so senseless I hope they find who did this.

  30. Sandra Browne Sampson
    Sandra Browne Sampson October 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

    So sad


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