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JENSEN LA VENDE
Relatives of two people killed in what police
labelled as gang-related yesterday vouched for
the victims, saying the innocent were being tar-
Speaking with the media yesterday at the Foren-
sic Science Centre, St James, Anderson Francis,
whose 17-year-old nephew, Salim Dalzell, was
killed as he left the Success/Laventille Secondary
School on Friday said like most children Salim
gave some trouble in school but did not deserve
He added: "It s hard to know that it s children
killing children. Just now we eh gonna have any
adults or even children to send to school. He
wasn t perfect. He give a little trouble in school
and get suspended but everyone does that. Every-
one does act up once in a while and you would
"To say this is where it reach, where they kill
a child. I don t know the cause. Is it because he
from Dan Kelly?
"It hurts a lot and not just because it is my
nephew alone but I am seeing which part these
youths going and the elders not correcting them
at all and it getting worse. So this rivalry thing
has to stop. It makes no sense."
Around 2.45 pm on Friday, two gunmen accosted
the Form Four pupil and shot him multiple times
in the head. He was taken to the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital but was pronounced dead on
Five hours later, police said, 22-year-old Brent
Rocke was at his Prizgar Lands home when gun-
men stormed in and shot him. He was taken to
the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where he died
around 8 am on Saturday. Police said the shooting
was in retaliation for the murder of Dalzell.
One of Rocke s sisters, who did not want to be
identified, said her brother was a Rastafarian and
was at home celebrating his Sabbath when he
She said because of the ongoing war between
the Rasta City and Muslims her entire family
moved out of the area but Rocke remained.
The woman said earlier this year Rocke was
abducted by gunmen but later released unharmed.
She said her brother was the second sibling to be
killed for the year.
She added: "He was a man of God but they
kill him like a dog. What he do? I hear that they
are saying that he was killed because of the school-
boy but I don t know why. Brent wasn t in any-
"Everyone in the neighbourhood knows that.
It ain t no reprisal. Is just a gang who want to
send a message and they choose my brother. They
want to send a message to the next gang and my
brother was the victim."
The Young Men s Christian Association
(YMCA) yesterday pleaded with the
police to exhaust all avenues to ensure
that killers of pensioner Norma Holder
were arrested and brought to justice.
Holder, 74, was killed at her home at
Eastern Main Road, Laventille, on Sunday
shortly after she arrived home from
According to an autopsy at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, Holder was
stabbed in the neck. It is yet to be con-
firmed whether she was raped. Cotton
swabs were taken for further forensic test-
In a release issued yesterday, YMCA s
Elders in Action at the Senior Activity
Centre, Jennifer Ramdial Rafer, described
Holder as a dear sister, friend and col-
It added: "We are devastated by this
senseless and grotesque act that has
resulted in the most obscene violation
and loss of a friend.
"As senior citizens ourselves, we plead
with the respective authorities to exhaust
all possible avenues to ensure Norma s
perpetrators are swiftly apprehended and
brought to justice.
"Norma will never be a crime statistic
or a news headline but a painful reminder
of a beloved soul who fell victim to the
worsening state of crime in our once beau-
tiful country now morphed by a frenzy
of wealth without work; pleasure without
conscience; knowledge without character;
families without values; politics without
principle; commerce without morality and
governance without accountability."
A teenager was shot dead at Cocorite yesterday
during an argument with another man.
Police identified the victim as Jamal Grant, 19,
of Upper Waterhole. Grant was shot near his home
around 3.50 pm, police said.
He was taken to the Port-of-Spain General
Hospital by members of the Western Division
Task Force who were on patrol in the area.
In a second unrelated incident, police said
around 8.30 pm on Sunday, residents of Second
Caledonia, Morvant, said they heard several gun-
shots and when they checked they found the body
of a man of African descent lying on the road.
Police said he was not from the area and res-
idents were unable to identify him.
Relatives after 'gang-related' killings:
Two more murders
JENSEN LA VENDE
One of the bodies found at Brasso Seco,
Paria on the weekend, initially believed
to be that of a woman, was in fact a man.
The decomposing corpse was identified
as Felix Hernandez, 52, who disappeared
during a hunting mission in the forest.
Hernandez was identified by his clothing
and was known to the family that went
The finding has strengthened Gail Har-
ford s belief that her mother is still alive.
On October 26, Irma Rampersad, 49,
and her 17-year-old daughter Felicia Gon-
zales, a student of Malabar Secondary
School 19-year-old Jenelle Gonzales and
her one-year-old daughter Shania Amoroso
were abducted from their Brasso Seco
Police are now looking for a fugitive,
Azmon Alexander, to assist them in their
So far, five people including three relatives
of the missing family have been arrested.
Speaking with the media at the Forensic
Science Centre, St James, yesterday, Harford
said Hernandez had a cord tied around his
neck and a bandana. It is believed he was
The body of the child, she said, was not
positively identified and DNA testing will
confirm if it was that of her niece, one-
year-old Shania Amoroso.
The family will have to return to the
centre today as the bodies will be x-rayed.
"We identified the baby by the clothing
but further tests will need to be taken. We
were prepared to see a female so we still
have hope the other three are alive still
and we are not giving up hope at all but
we need closure."
"We want to know the purpose of the
whole thing as well, there is no sense. Bras-
so Seco is no longer home for any of us
anymore, too many bad memories. It just
creepy and scary for us."
Shania s grandmother Helen Assing said
she was baffled at the heartless and sense-
less killing. Assing said she believed in God
and that vengeance was his and she was
prayerful that the killer/killers would meet
On Saturday, police found the decom-
posing remains of a baby and an uniden-
tified person wrapped in a blanket off a
precipice in the forest about two miles
from the family s Brasso Seco home.
Hunt still on for Brasso Seco trio
Bodies found were
a man and baby
Gail Harford and her sister, Gillian Gonzales, speak to members of the media outside the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday. Their mother and sisters are still missing in
Brasso Seco. PHOTO JENSEN LA VENDE
YMCA plea to police: Find Norma's killers
Police have detained a 23-
year-old man in connection
with a $310,000 robbery in
Claxton Bay yesterday morn-
His accomplice is still at large.
The two reportedly entered
the home of Bruce Chen, 62, a
business owner of St Margaret s
Chen and his family were
asleep when the two men went
into his bedroom around 3.30
am, armed with a bolt-cutter,
a cutlass and a gun.
Police said the men terrorised
the Chen family but did not give
Chen was then robbed of
$310,000 in cash.
A report was made to the St
Margaret s police and officers
led by PC Dina later arrested
the man, got a warrant to search
his home and allegedly recovered
$29,000 of the stolen loot.
The search continues for the
In a separate incident, three
men from Port-of-Spain are
expected to appear before several
ID parades today.
The men, who range between
the ages of 27 to 33, were arrest-
ed hours after a report was made
that Ramlal s Bar, located at
Thompson Trace, Fyzabad, was
held up by three armed men on
Reports indicate that the men
held up the cashier and patrons
at gunpoint and robbed them
of over $10,000 in cash and
$3,000 worth of jewelery. They
drove off in a gold colour
Inspector Anderson Parryman
and a team of officers responded
to the report and the men were
arrested in San Francique, Penal.
One gun and some of the cash
was recovered. (YW)
Central businessman robbed of $310,000
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