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Nigel John s family and the police are still
unclear as to the motive behind his killing at
Todd s Road, Chaguanas, on Thursday night.
John s relatives were also injured in the attack
and up to last night remained in a critical con-
dition in hospital.
However, the police
have speculated that it
could be related to the
upsurge in gun vio-
lence within the past
weeks in Enterprise,
According to police
reports, John, 28, his
relatives Isaiah and
Jonathan Hall, 18, all
of Hall s Trace, Todd s
Road, were liming at a
roadside parlour along the Main Road, around 8
pm, when a silver Nissan Wingroad pulled up and
a backseat passenger fired several shots at them.
All three men were taken to the Chaguanas
Health Facility where John subsequently died.
Jonathan and Isaiah Hall were later transferred to
the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt
Police said while the incident was not in the
Enterprise community, they suspected there might
be a link, as a member of one of the warring
Enterprise factions frequents the Todd s Road area.
However, he was not there during the shooting
Speaking with reporters yesterday, Leslie "Dap-
per" Hall, John s father, said his son, a father of
two, was warned as recently as Monday about
liming in the area where he was shot.
"I warn him and tell him doh lime there because
I heard talk, and Monday, I told him doh lime
here because here could have shooting anytime,"
Hall said his son was a construction worker
who worked with him, adding that he loved cars.
John s wife Kerri-Ann John said she last spoke
with her husband hours before he was shot. She
said her husband was not the type to say if he
had been threatened or had had a falling out with
anyone. John s mother Charmaine John said her
son was a quiet young man who kept to himself.
"He was a cool, quiet person who did not talk
too much. I don t know what happened, is like
he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He
came from work, went home and came back to
"This is madness and the police want to do
more but is as though they are afraid," John said.
John s killing has pushed the murder toll to 201
for the year, according to the Homicide Division
count. The toll stood at 216 for the same period
In an attempt to put an end to the bloody
fighting between warring gangs in Enter-
prise, Chaguanas, heads of the Enterprise
Community Masjid desperately tried to
host a meeting with the Muslim men sus-
pected of involvement in the deadly feud-
However, Imam Taulib Searles admitted
yesterday that the meeting was rejected by
his Muslim brothers. Fearing that things
would worsen, Searles said he was now try-
ing to organise another meeting in hopes
of brokering some kind of peace accord.
He made the comment at a press con-
ference at the masjid on Boodram Street,
Enterprise, where he publicly distanced the
masjid from the actions of the men pur-
porting to be Muslims in the area.
"An attempt was made last Friday to hold
a meeting with the Muslims who have been
allegedly involved in these misgivings to
answer and clear their names against what
is being reported...The meetings did not
happen," Searles said.
"However, a request was made by the
group s leader to reschedule with other
demands for an alternate venue and medi-
Searles statement came even as another
man was gunned down at Todd s Road, in
an incident police believe may be linked to
the Enterprise feuding. (See other story)
As Searles spoke, a low-flying helicopter
circled the masjid several times. It stayed
in the area well after the conference ended.
For the past few months, residents of
Enterprise have been terrorised by gang
warfare. The murder toll and reported cases
of shootings have also shot up in the area
in recent weeks.
Head of the Central Division, Snr Supt
Johnny Abraham, claims approximately 20
to 25 young men purporting to be Muslims
are responsible for the escalated violence.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has
been patrolling the community in recent
days in an attempt to curb the violence, but
residents have called for the army to be
However, yesterday, Searles distanced his
masjid from the activity. He said he, and
two other Imams considered leaders in the
Chaguanas Islamic community, had held a
gathering and invited the men they believed
were involved in the recent shootings. He
said he wanted to extend an invitation to
the men to join the masjid and to help con-
vert them back to a peaceful Islam during
the meeting, but none of them attended.
Searles said he wanted to clearly separate
the Enterprise Community Masjid from the
shootings and violence, since his members
were not part of the violence and gang activ-
ity.Videos posted on social media by men
from the community have alleged that the
recent violence was sparked by a police offi-
cer acting in collusion with one gang mem-
ber from the community. They claimed the
officer had been using his influence to pro-
tect that gang leader s turf in return for pay.
The police have not responded to this
claim but the Police Complaints Authority
has asked anyone with knowledge of the
case to come forward with the information.
accord far off
Imam wants brothers to return to peace
Man slain, 2
Leader of the Enterprise Community Masjid, Imam Taulib Searles, right, addresses
journalists during a press conference at the Boodram Street, Enterprise, Chaguanas,
masjid yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Although Searles admitted to
knowing the men he suspects of being
involved in the shootings, he said he had
not informed the police of their
identities and did not intend to.
He said his community was a
peaceful one but conceded he would not
be able to protect his members from
any direct threat at the mosque. This is
why he said he would not "play hero"
and divulge to the police the names of
people he suspected to be involved.
Searles added he was disheartened to
see so much violence during the holy
month of Ramadan, as a result of which
fewer people had been attending the
"I have told people don't come if they
are not feeling safe," Searles said.
Despite this, he said, at least on
Fridays there was almost a full
attendance of almost 400 people.
MOSQUE NUMBERS FALL
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