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2 killed outside children’s party
With one day to go before 2013 is over, the country’s murder toll now stands at 405 following the killing of two friends who were shot while liming outside a children’s party on Sunday night. Police said the men, whom they described as drug offenders, were at Back Chain Street, El Socorro, around 10.40 pm with a group liming at Ali’s Roti Shop’s car park after a children’s party. A silver car drove up, one person got out and began firing at the group, hitting four people.
All four were taken to the Eric Williams Medical Complex, Mt Hope, by a passing van, whose driver placed the men in the tray. Anthony Bridgelal, alias Ambulance, was pronounced dead on arrival while his friend Kazim Ali, alias “Cow”, died while undergoing treatment. The other men—Bhudath Ramlogan and Rakesh Ramoutar—are warded at the hospital. Ramlogan was shot in the chest and is in a stable but critical condition. Ramoutar was shot in both legs and is listed as stable.
Speaking with the media yesterday outside the Forensic Science Centre, St James, a close female relative of Ali said he escaped death a few months ago when he was shot in an attempted robbery. She said Ali, who lived at Maraj Street, was accosted for his Honda CR-V about four months ago and when he refused to hand over the keys he was shot in the hip. Ali worked transporting people to and from the islands just off Chaguaramas, she said.
The woman said Ali was a fun-loving man who, although he had a “serious face,” at all times was a nice outgoing person. He was 45 and had no children. She added he would be the type of man who would give his last dollar to those in need. Speaking of Bridgelal, the woman said he was “a real sweetbread.” She recalled the two met at Caura River, El Dorado, a little over a year ago and had been liming together ever since. They were part of the Caura River Crew and would visit the area at least four times weekly.
Bridgelal, she said, had no friends and was the sole breadwinner for his family, two of whom were mentally ill and one blind. She said Bridgelal worked at the St Ann’s Hospital and even had his own ambulance which he used to transport patients. Homicide officers are continuing investigations.
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