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The murder toll has climbed
into double figures in just four
days in the new year, after four
men were killed within seven
hours of each other between
Saturday evening and yesterday
All of the victims were shot
dead and no one has been held
for any of the killings.
The most recent incidents
which pushed the tally to 10,
began with 18-year-old Sean
Carrabayo, of Amowsville, Care-
nage, who was attacked while
liming with friends on Saturday
Police said around 5 pm,
Carrabayo was playing cards in
a basketball court at Fitzwilliam
Street in Pt Cumana, when he
received a phone call and walked
acrosss the road to answer it.
His friends were startled by
a series of gunshots minutes
later and saw Carrabayo collapse
on the sidewalk.
The group told police that
they did not see the gunman s
face as they rushed to
Carrabayo s assistance. The gun-
man ran away through a nearby
When a news team from the
T&T Guardian visited the teen s
home yesterday, his relatives,
who were busy planning his
funeral, were adamant that
Carrabayo knew his attackers.
"He get call to his death. The
man who call him, put him in
place," said one male relative,
who spoke on the condition of
The man could offer no rea-
son for his relative s murder as
he claimed the teen had just left
school and was not involved in
However, these claims were
disputed by police who said that
Carrabayo had fallen under their
radar in relation to gang-related
activity over the past two years.
This was corroborated by
people in the village who said
they were not shocked by the
teen s murder.
"He was a good boy," the
woman said as she smirked sar-
castically, "It wasn t a surprise
when we got the news."
In another incident, a murder
was committed around 1 am
yesterday morning in Belle Vue,
Long Circular Road, St James
and claimed the life of 34-year-
old parlour owner Levi Snaggs.
Around 12.30 am, residents
contacted police after they heard
gunshots. When police arrived
minutes later they found Snaggs,
a father of two, lying at the side
of the road in an unconscious
He was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital where
he died while undergoing emer-
Speaking with reporters yes-
terday, Snaggs neighbours
claimed that Snaggs was an
innocent victim in an ongoing
gang war between rival factions
living at opposite ends of the
"The situation up here not
nice with this war. He (Snaggs)
didn t really deal with them fel-
las. He went to check somebody
for a job and this happen to
him," a female resident said.
Four hours after Carrabayo s
shooting, relatives of 54-year-
old building contractor Krishen-
dath Mahabir contacted police
after he was shot at his home
They told police around 9.40
pm, Mahabir when to a shed on
his property, at 16 and 3/4 mm,
Cunapo Main Road, Biche, to
take an outdoor bath, when they
heard a volley of gunshots.
They found him lying on the
ground in his underwear with
gunshot wounds to his chest.
This country will see heightened activity
among security forces as the Ministry of National
Security has escalated the alert state of all law
enforcement agencies from green to amber fol-
lowing the 10th murder in four days.
There were 13 murders last year for the com-
In a news release yesterday the ministry con-
firmed that the raised alert level was a direct
response to the "spike in gang related homicides."
The release said the alert state was being led
by the T&T Police Service (TTPS) and the National
Operations Centre (NOC) the joint exercise coor-
dinating agency, which will result an increased
visibility of joint patrols of police and soldiers
"This alert state is necessary to bring this sit-
uation under immediate control."
It will also result in air patrols and air surveil-
lance, increased roadblocks and stop and search
The ministry asked the public to comply with
all instructions of law enforcement personnel,
especially when stopped and questioned.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith yes-
terday assured "is in no way intended to curtail
civil liberties but has become necessary to ensure
the safety and security for all."
"This has nothing to with a state of emergency,"
Gang warfare blamed for two of four deaths...
Contractor, parlour owner killed
Patrons at Tribe ICE fete held at Jean Pierre Complex on Saturday night. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
1. Vernon Carter, 71, Woodstar Avenue, Maloney Gardens
2. Sheflan Rampersad, 32, Johns Trace, Claxton Bay
3. Kevin Francis, 23, Maharaj Trace, South Oropouche
4. Dorothy Rodrigo, 30, Jokhan Trace, Carapo
5. Steven Carrington, 30, Carolina Village, Couva
6. Daryl Bastien, 32, Quinam Road, Siparia
7. Sean Carrabayo, 18, of Amowsville, Carenage
8. Krishendath Mahabir, 52, Cunapo Main Road, Biche
9. Roger Frederick, 38, First Street, San Juan
10. Levi Snaggs, 34, Belle Vue, Long Circular Road, St James
He was taken to the Rio Claro Health Facility where
he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Investigators had not established a motive for his
murder up to late yesterday and neither did his rel-
atives, who said they were still left in shock.
"We really don t know why this happen. He had
just went by the pipe to bathe when we hear the
shots," Mahabir s nephew said in a brief telephone
interview yesterday evening.
In a separate incident, 38-year-old Roger Frederick
was ambushed by two gunmen as he left his home
at First Street, San Juan shortly before midnight on
Police said, around 11.30 pm, Frederick was walking
to his car which was parked at the side of the road,
when a black Nissan Almera, which was parked a
short distance away, pulled alongside him.
Two men got out of the car and shot Frederick
several times. The gunmen escaped in the waiting
car. Frederick was taken to Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex in Mt Hope where he was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
Like with Mahabir, police are yet to determine a
motive for Frederick s killing.
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