Police are continuing their investigation into the murder of a 25-year-old Valencia man on Friday evening.
Eric “Cat” Alfonso, a handyman of Palm Road, died on the spot after he was shot in the head by an assailant at his home. Police said he was alone when he was attacked and shot around 6.45 pm.
Residents reportedly heard gunshots and alerted police. On arrival at the home, police found Alfonso in a pool of blood in his yard.
The officers cordoned off the area and allowed Crime Scene investigators to process the scene.
District Medical Officer Dr Augustine viewed the body and ordered its removal to the Sangre Grande Hospital mortuary, from where it will be taken to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police said Alfonso, who was originally from Toco, was well known to them.
Speaking to Guardian Media at the scene, Alfonso’s distraught common-law wife, Trishell Harris, said she left the house earlier with her two-year-old child and was not at home when her husband was shot. She said friends called her to deliver the tragic news.
Alfonso’s murder was the second to take place in Valencia within a few days. Only last Friday, prison officer Trevor Serrette, who was attached to the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca, was gunned down while at his fruit and vegetable stall along the Eastern Main Road in Valencia.
Visiting the scene on Friday were ASP Revanales, Sgt Gadar, Ag Cpl Khan WPCs Gonzales, Sankar of Eastern Division, Ag WSgt Charles, Cpl James WPC Melville and PC Lancaster of Arouca Homicide Bureau Region 2.
The Arouca Homicide Bureau Region 2 is continuing investigations.
The shooting and killing of Alfonso pushed the murder toll to 417.