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COP candidate’s husband among 3 killed in Malabar
The common-law husband of a Congress of the People (COP) candidate in the upcoming local government elections and his friend were shot dead in front of the woman’s election sub-office in Malabar, Arima, on Tuesday night. Homicide detectives yesterday classified the murders of Shiyloh Mc Intosh and Kernel Jobe as gang-related, however, dismissing the theory that the incident was politically motivated.
Mc Intosh, 21, and Jobe, 27, were painting the sub-office Mc Intosh’s wife, Kizzy Ann Edwards, at Mahogany Drive around 8 pm, when they were shot by three gunmen. Almost 24 hours after the friends were killed, another Malabar resident was shot dead while walking near his home yesterday afternoon. Investigators believe the three murders may be connected.
In an interview near the scene of the shooting yesterday, Edwards, the COP candidate for the Malabar South district in the October 21 elections, also denied her husband’s murder was connected to her political aspirations. “It was not political or anything like that, it was just bad timing,” she said. Edwards said she believed her husband’s killers were jealous of him and his family.
“It was just jealousy. People seeing we looking to make a set-up and a move up in life and they don’t like that, so they decide they would do something to try to break me and the people around me,” she said. Asked if the killing would affect her campaign, Edwards said it will serve to strengthen her. “At first I thought maybe I should just forget about it. But then with the encouragement of my friends and family, I decide I going on with it for the sake of him (Mc Intosh),” Edwards said.
She said in the wake of the shooting, several senior members of her party had visited her to lend support. According to police reports, the duo was painting with friends when without warning the gunmen approached them, drew guns and began shooting at the group. Both men were shot several times, while their friends managed to run into the office to escape the hail of gunfire. The gunmen then ran away.
In the latest incident yesterday, Christopher “Mad Dog” Gregg, 36, of Pomegranate Avenue, Malabar, was shot dead by gunmen around 4.20 pm while walking along Trainline Road, Malabar. His killing took the murder toll to 293 for the year. Cpl Ramoutar and detectives of the Region Two Homicide Bureau are probing the three murders.
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