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4 murders in 24 hours push toll to 187
Two murders in south Trinidad on June 2 have taken this year's murder toll to 187.
Roopchand Harripersad of De Verteuil St, Rambert Village, San Fernando, was found dead around 8 a.m. He had a single gunshot wound to the head. The 41-year-old, who worked odd jobs, was found by one of his employers in front of his home. He was released from jail about two weeks ago, and was well known to the police.
Earlier, 17-year-old Michael Miguel, was found dead in Claxton Bay. No arrests have been made for both murders.
On June 1, a close-knit community in Morvant was left in mourning, after two brothers, aged nine and 15, were killed and their teenage cousin wounded in a gang-related incident at their home. Teenager Jamal Brathwaite and his brother Jadel Holder had just had lunch at their mother’s home at Petunia Avenue, Coconut Drive, Morvant, around 3 pm when two gunmen raided the small-two storey duplex.
Homicide detectives said the intruders ordered the siblings to lie face down on the floor of the living room, before shooting each once in the back of their heads at close range. The shooting was witnessed by relatives.
Police are probing the matters.