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Northern Division police have
been put on high alert after two
of the five murders for the new
year occurred within their region.
The most recent incident took
place yesterday morning when 30-
year-old Dorothy Rodrigo was shot
dead after gunmen stormed her
home in Carapo.
Rodrigo s murder came hours
after 71-year-old Maloney resident
Vernon Carter was shot while
watching fireworks at his home
shortly after midnight on Wednes-
day. Police are working on the the-
ory that Carter was hit by a stray
bullet fired by an over-zealous rev-
eller, who opted to use his gun
instead of fireworks to celebrate
the start of the year.
Contacted yesterday, head of the
division, Senior Supt David Abra-
ham, described both murders as
unfortunate, since, he said, his
officers were on patrol in various
parts of both communities when
the shootings took place.
"We had patrols in both areas
at the time. We were on high alert
but we can t be everywhere at
once," Abraham said.
Despite his concern over the
spate of murders, Abraham hailed
his division s efforts last year, as
he pointed to statistics which
showed a 24 per cent decrease in
murders from 2013 and the seizure
of 141 illegals guns---the highest
figure for all nine policing divi-
"One murder is too much. We
have already held strategy meetings
with Deputy Police Commissioner
Glenn Hackett and rest assured
we will get this situation under
control," Abraham said.
Police said that Rodrigo, of
Jokhan Trace Extension, Carapo,
Arima, had just returned home
from a New Year s party and was
about to have a shower, when the
murder took place.
Homicide detectives said Rodri-
go s neighbours contacted police
around 3.15 am when they heard
a volley of gunshots coming from
When police arrived minutes
later, they found the front door
ajar and Rodrigo lying in the bath-
room with several gunshot wounds
to her upper body.
Rodrigo, who was still in the
black and white outfit she wore to
the party, was pronounced dead
at the scene by a District Medical
Speaking with reporters before
Rodrigo s autopsy at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James, yes-
terday morning, her brother Shel-
don and aunt Hazel Ameen could
not think of a reason for her killing.
Both relatives described Rodrigo
as friendly, loyal and loving.
"She was working to try to build
her life up. I don t know why any-
body would want to hurt her,"
Investigators had not established
a motive for the murder, up to late
yesterday, and were attempting to
determine if Rodrigo s attackers
had followed her home from the
party in Peytonville, Arima, or if
they awaited her return home.
Police believe the incident may
have stemmed from a dispute
between one of Rodrigo s relatives
and members of a criminal gang
which operates in her communi-
ty.No one had been arrested in
connection with either murder up
to late yesterday.
Cpl of the Region Two Homi-
cide Bureau is probing Rodrigo s
Relatives of 23-year-old Kevin Fran-
cis believe he was murdered over a
bottle of champagne he was accused
of stealing from someone s house on
Francis s body was discovered face
down at Maharaj Trace, South
Oropouche, around 2 am, yesterday,
Police believe Francis, the father of
a four-year-old child, was attacked
when he left a house party at Partap
Trace to urinate.
In an interview at their Duke Street,
South Oropouche home, yesterday,
Naomi Francis said her brother left
home around midnight to attend the
party by "Crabbie."
Sometime later she said someone
called and told them Francis was lying
on the road.
Their cousin Peter Edwards, who is
visiting from London, went down to
the scene and saw Francis s body.
Edwards said Francis, a construction
worker, was lying face down with a
hole to the back of his head. There was
also a gunshot wound to his arm.
"He had no pulse and his body was
Edwards said there was a "whole
heap" of people gathered but no one
would say what happened to his cousin.
"People feeling intimidated. There
is a gang in the area there and people
keeping their mouth shut. But is a small
village; someone will come out and
talk. Everyone there was intoxicated
and somebody get trigger happy."
Edwards, who arrived in the country
six weeks ago, recalled that Francis
came home intoxicated on Christmas
Day with a bottle of champagne. "Peo-
ple saying Kevin steal the champagne.
I believe that is what really trigger this
Edwards said Francis was supposed
to visit his mother in London in March
which would have been the first time
he would have seen her since she
migrated 11 years ago.
Edwards said he was also putting
things in place to open a car wash for
Francis. He said his cousin was "very
mouthy," but was not a gang member
ASP Rodriguez, Insp Anderson Pari-
man and Insp Peter Ramdeen from the
South Western division visited the
Police are investigating the New Year s Day murder
of a 30-year-old Couva man who was found dead in
the back seat of his car on the Solomon Hochoy High-
Investigators believe Steven Fabian Carrington was
carjacked by killers around 11 pm before being shot
three times in the chest.
According to reports, Petrotrin security officers were
patrolling when they noticed a white Nissan Almera
parked on the shoulder of the northbound lane of the
highway, near the Gasparillo Overpass.
On checking, they found Carrington slumped across
the back seat, with blood oozing from his chest.
Gasparillo police and officers from the Southern
Homicide Bureau went to the scene and had the body
taken to the Forensic Science Centre.
Police are yet to determine a motive for the killing
but said Carrington, who went by the alias "Bully," was
a known petty thief and had spent time in jail for mar-
ijuana offences when he lived in Point Fortin. They said
he also lived in San Fernando for a while before moving
No one was at Carrington s Carolina Village home
yesterday, but neighbours said he recently moved into
the area and they knew little about him.
Woman murdered in Carapo
Sheldon Rodrigo, right, brother of Dorothy Rodrigo, who was killed in Carapo yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS.
Couva man found dead
Relatives believe man
killed over champagne
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