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A 57-year-old mother of six and grand-
mother of eight was chased by two
masked gunmen and shot 10 times yes-
terday, moments after she left her St Paul
Street, Port-of-Spain apartment complex
on an errand.
The attack was not the first against
Marlene Grant, but they all came, neigh-
bours say, because she had the audacity
to stand up to gangsters in her commu-
Grant is the elder sister of entertainer
Curtis “General Grant” Grant and great
aunt of Tecia Henry, who was killed in
2009. According to police reports, Grant
had just stepped out of her St Paul Street
apartment around 8.45 am when two
masked gunmen approached her and
Grant ran a short distance away but fell
after being shot in the leg. The gunmen
then stood over her and shot her several
times, including twice in the head. Her
killers then escaped. She was taken to the
Port-of-Spain General Hospital where she
was pronounced dead on arrival.
The woman lived less than a stone’s
throw away from the Besson Street Police
Station, which was reportedly shot at last
week following a triple murder in Laven-
Speaking with the media at the scene
yesterday, relatives said Grant, a Commu-
nity-Based Environmental Protection and
Enhancement Programme (Cepep) worker,
was vocal against the criminality in the
community, which has been ravaged by
They said about three months ago thugs
firebombed her home in an attempt to get
her out, but she refused to be driven away
from her home and the community.
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Relatives of slain granny Marlene Grant were
still in shock at the Forensic Science Centre in
St James yesterday, as they told the media she
was undeserving of such a death.
“We never do anyone anything. She never did
anything to deserve that, she was a good woman
who stand up for everyone,” some relatives, who
did not want to be identified, said.
“She didn't deserve to die like that. She used
to help out anybody, she wasn't no gangster.
“Everyone loved her because she cared about
her children and grandchildren.”
Relatives were at times lost for words. One of
her daughters, who confessed that she had never
drank or smoked in her life, said she was now
craving both vices.
After he finished the autopsy, pathologist Dr
Valery Alexandrov came outside and told the
family Grant was shot 10 times as she sought to
escape her killers. He said Grant was facing her
attackers at first and then ran.
She was then shot five times in the leg, once
in the shoulder, twice in the back, with the bullets
piercing her heart, liver and kidneys, and finally
twice in the head, although the bullets missed
Grant’s sister, Patricia James, said she knows
her sister’s murder will not be solved, just as her
granddaughter Tecia Henry’s killing in 2009 has
not been solved.
“First they killed my granddaughter and now
my sister. This wouldn’t get solved because since
then no crime has been solved,” she said.
Grant’s killing pushed the murder toll to 309
for the year, six more than last year at the same
On June 13, 2009, 10-
year-old Tecia Henry
went missing after going
to a nearby parlour in
her John John, Laven-
Four days later, her
decomposing body was
found stuffed in a hole beneath a neighbour’s
house. Her autopsy revealed she was strangled.
Henry’s death sparked protest and outrage from
residents and was used as a catalyst for a peace
accord in the John John community. To date, a
billboard still stands at John John with the terms
of the peace agreement, which was dubbed the
Tecia Henry Peace Accord, although the treaty
was broken within a month when gang violence
On July 5 that year, one of the suspects ques-
tioned in connection with the murder of Henry
was murdered. Police found the body of Ricardo
“Docs” Mc Carthy, 49, of Block Eight, Laventille,
at a track off Belle Vue Terrace, Long Circular
Road, St James.
Police believed then that Mc Carthy went to
the area after he received death threats from his
neighbours over Henry’s murder.
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Pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov speaks with the relatives of Marlene Grant yesterday at
teh Forensic Science Centre. Grant was shot in the car park of her St Paul Street
apartment. PHOTO: JENSEN LA VENDE
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