The killing of 54-year-old Derek Hooker, the senior manager of operations (North West) of the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA), is being described by police as senseless.
According to police, around 6.30 pm Monday, Hooker had just pulled into his yard when he was approached by a gunman. Police said as he was walking into his home the man shot him in the face twice and left.
He was taken to the St James Medical Centre and then transferred to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he died around 9.30 pm.
The murder toll for the year stood at 337 up to late yesterday.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday Hooker's wife, Bernadette, said the couple would have celebrated their 25 wedding anniversary on October 15. She said her husband was a wonderful man who loved the Lord and that was his only crime.
Hooker's brother, Anthony, said the father of six was a president at the Mormon Tabernacle on Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain, and lived for the church, work and people.
"He doesn't really sleep much because his life is WASA, the church and people. He would go and pray for people who are experiencing problems. People with money issues, he would try to help them.
"So for somebody to come and do this, people are wondering why. He wasn't involved in drugs or anything. We know 100 per cent that he was not involved in anything.
"He doesn't drink or smoke. He doesn't even lime. Why take a father, a brother, a family man, an aide to society?" Anthony asked.
He added: "He was in control of the North region. He doesn't physically see about the contracts. From what we heard, that is not normal for someone to call someone out of their home and shoot them, so it has to be something. He never complained about any threats. They took nothing from the man."
Corporate communications manager of WASA Daniel Plenty, in a media release, said Hooker was employed at the authority for 32 years.
He said Hooker built a reputation as a highly dedicated and exemplary worker, who was loved by all.
"There is a great sense of loss being experienced throughout the authority, as employees throughout the organisation come to terms with this sudden and senseless loss of a most valued employee and co-worker.
"The authority hopes that the perpetrator/s of this crime will be brought to justice in the shortest possible time," the release added.
In an unrelated killing, 17-year-old Richard Guy died while being treated at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital after being shot by a gunman on Monday evening.
Police said around 6.30 pm Guy was near the housing scheme along the Old St Joseph Road when a gunman approached him and shot him.
A 24-year-old woman also was shot in the right arm. Both were taken to hospital. However, Guy died while being treated.