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Sugar Aloes’ nephew murdered
Two more names have been added to the murder toll, taking it to 43 in 29 days, while for the same period last year there were 36 murders. The two latest victims are 23-year-old Josiah Rawlins and 27-year-old Phillip Hillaire. In the first murder, residents of Donahue Street, Diego Martin, heard gunshots around 8.30 pm on Tuesday night and found Rawlins dead. Relatives said Rawlins had picked up with the wrong crowd and believed that was the cause of his death.
Police say his killing is linked to the recent seizure of a high-powered weapon. Rawlins, who has relatives in the Police Service, had been the target of criminals ever since the find as they believed he had snitched on them. In the second killing, police said around 10.30 pm on Tuesday Hillaire, alias “Ants”, was washing his car two houses away from his home at Mon Repos, Morvant, when he was fatally shot. Hillaire was the nephew of calypsonian Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna.
Police said another man, identified only as “Zookie”, was also shot and is warded in a critical condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital. Police said they believed the shooting was linked to another one in the area two weeks ago. Speaking with members of the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday Hillaire relatives described him as a well liked guy. His mother Annmarie Osouna-Besson said her last child was very loving and never did anyone wrong.