TRINIDAD – Contractor slain. . . gunned down Hours after fight with man

PORT OF SPAIN – AA 33-year-old contractor and reputed gang leader was murdered near his Diego Martin home yesterday.

According to reports, shortly after 9 am Curtis Birdman Smith was walking along La Puerta Avenue, Diego Martin, when a Nissan AD wagon pulled alongside him. Two of the occupants got out and shot Smith several times before returning to their vehicle and driving away. Smith died on the scene.

The incident occurred hours after Smith reportedly assaulted a man in the community. A short clip of the incident was recorded by someone using a cellphone and shared on social media service Whatsapp following his murder.

The video depicted Smith standing over and kicking a man who was lying on the ground in the car park of a Diego Martin business. Smith was dressed in the same white T-shirt and pair of black jeans he was eventually killed in.

However, homicide detectives said they were yet to link the incident in the video with Smith’s murder. But they described him as a major suspect in gang-related activity in the community.

As police and crime scene investigators were processing the crime scene yesterday, Smith’s wife Kareema Gonzales attempted
to walk under the caution tape cordoning off the area to get a closer look at her husband’s body.

“Somebody go pay,” an emotional Gonzales screamed as she came within metres of her husband body covered in blood-soaked clothing.

Gonzales was restrained by police who were fearful she might unwittingly contaminate the crime scene. The move prompted the intervention of her relatives, who engaged in a minor confrontation with police before being expelled from the crime scene.

Speaking briefly with media personnel afterwards, Smith’s relatives, who asked to remain anonymous, denied his alleged gang affiliation and claimed he was targeted because he had received Government infrastructure projects in the community.

“He was a businessman. People in the area was just jealous of him because of contracts he was getting,” one woman said.

An autopsy will be performed on Smith’s body at the Forensic Science Centre in St James today.

Homicide detectives are continuing investigations.

Source: (Guardian)

4 Responses to TRINIDAD – Contractor slain. . . gunned down Hours after fight with man

  1. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds August 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm


    • Roc Kinn
      Roc Kinn August 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      Here we are thinking little Barbados is Armageddon. Having said that the police, national leadership, church, NGO’s, community et al have a responsibility to push back hard against the gun crimes too frequent in our small space. Law enforcement including Parliament the highest court in the land must be swift and resolute in tackling the gun scourge by any means necessary. The armed lawless element must get no rest and no hiding place from justice.

  2. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada August 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm


  3. Sonnie Leawat
    Sonnie Leawat August 22, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    The photo does not depict a fight . It gives the impression of a man kicking another defenceless on the ground .


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