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Relatives on man’s death: Killed for looking like a Muslim
Relatives of murdered Vincentian national Verlon “Vincy” Tash believed he was killed for looking like a Muslim in an ongoing war between Muslims and Rastafarians in East Port-of-Spain. Speaking with members of the media outside the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday, a female relative of Tash said the 32-year-old was in the island for only two weeks before being killed. The woman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Tash had a “Muslim beard” and believed that was his death warrant.
She said she met him one year ago in Tobago when he was staying at a mutual friend’s home. They became friends and after convincing him to come Trinidad, Tash decided to do so two weeks ago. The woman said she and other friends found a place for him at Argyle Street, Belmont, and a job at a National Petroleum (NP) gas station at Maraval Road. She said Tash had two T-shirts, one of which was his NP work jersey, one pair of pants and a pair of sneakers, that was all he owned.
Homicide officers said Tash was walking along the roadway around 8 am on Sunday when a gunman walked up to him and opened fire, hitting him several times about the upper body before escaping. Residents along Argyle Street later found him lying along the roadway before calling police. Officers said they took him to Port of Spain General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Homicide detectives are continuing investigations.
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