Although there have been several threats made to the Alexis family, relatives said yesterday there would be no reprisals for the murder of Mervyn Alexis, 46, the younger brother of reputed gang leader Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, 50.
The younger Alexis was gunned down on Sunday night as he stood along Railway Road, Enterprise, Chaguanas, one street away from where his older brother was killed five months ago, also on a Sunday.
According to police, a white Nissan Wingroad pulled up around 10 pm Sunday and three men got out and shot Alexis in the head and body before jumping back into the car and escaping.
The older Alexis, described as a crime lord in the community, was at his business place along Freedom Street on July 17 when he was confronted by a man known to him and there was a shootout.
In the end, Alexis was dead along with his long time friend, Kevin Escayg, and the duo's killer, Thomas "Hamza" Sharpe. Escayg's son was shot in the stomach and Alexis managed to save his granddaughter from being shot by shoving her out of the way.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian at the family's business along Southern Main Road yesterday, two of Selwyn's children – Keron and Katisha – said their uncle's death was due to jealousy and malice.
They added, however, that they would not be chased out of the area by cowards who would sneak up on an unarmed man they knew was not involved in criminal activity.
The duo said after their father was killed the country was bracing for a reprisal and close to five months later there had been no such fallout and there would not be any now either.
"After my uncle get killed they sent a text to my mother phone saying 'One gone, bye bye'. They firebombed my brother's house, shoot up a brother's car, sent threats for the whole family and we ain't do nothing," Keron said.
"I realise I have to be the bigger man and say enough is enough. I have patience. I willing to work with the police and help them."
He said the killers had been timing the police patrols and knew when they would be able to strike as the Central Division had depleted resources with the transferring of some officers last week. The killings of the Alexis brothers was being placed on the Unruly Isis gang.
During a tour of the Enterpise area following the killing of Robocop in July, Mervyn Alexis had spoken to National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, saying to solve crime in the area there would need to be a police and people partnership.
Since then there have been two town meetings in the area involving acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams.
Yesterday, Keron Alexis called on Williams to visit the community again to help end the bloodshed.
MURDER VIDEO GOES VIRAL
Meanwhile, in two unrelated murders, police arrested two men who were held shortly after a confrontation with a man along the Priority Bus Route, Curepe, on Friday night.
The two men were videotaped by a passer-by accusing Lall Dwarika of stealing from them. One man hit Dwarika in the head with a piece of iron and when he collapsed the men rummaged through his clothing. The men then fled but were chased by a uniformed police officer and apprehended. Police said the incident took place around 9 pm and Dwarika died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex one hour later. The video was released on social media and has since gone viral.
In the other killing, police are seeking to identify the body of an East Indian male partially wrapped in a sheet at Samaroo Village, Arima. Police said residents saw the body around 9 am and called police. The man's was wearing a red, white and blue T-shirt, blue jeans pants and plaid boxer shorts.