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that is all I could have seen."
Earlier on Saturday, friends Amit Ramlogan, 18
and Kareem Turton, 28, were killed in Belmont;
Ramjit Ramlal was beaten to death in Moruga and
another man, who remained unidentified up to yes-
terday, was found shot to death along the Eastern
Main Road, St Joseph.
People's National Movement (PNM) supporter Judy Thomas shows off an improvised placard with a printed T-shirt showing the faces
of T&T's first Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams and new PM Dr Keith Rowley during a victory motorcade for La Horquetta/Talparo MP
and Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie at Mamoral Road yesterday. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
The usually quiet coastal town of Ica-
cos, Cedros, descended into chaos on Sat-
urday night, after gunmen opened fire
outside a party, killing two people and
wounding six others.
The murders of fisherman Amit
"Sanchez" Samaroo, 29 and his sister-in-
law Kimberly Mohammed, 19, rounded off
a bloody weekend in Trinidad, in which
seven people were killed in just three days,
pushing the 2015 murder toll to 298.
Saturday night s double murder also left
Amit s brother Karan Samaroo, 31, his sis-
ter-in-law Patricia Toolsie, 23 and their
friend Ricardo Massey, 25, all of Icacos, suf-
fering from gunshot wounds. Three others,
Utilda Williams, 60, of North Trace,
Chatham, her friend Leon Graham, 67, of
Mahaica, Point Fortin and Niel Paul, 27, of
Marabella were also shot and taken to hos-
According to reports, Amit, Karan and
Toolsie were liming in front of their home
opposite Lover s Lane with Massey around
11.30 pm. The street was crowded as people
were heading to a party at Lover s Paradise
Bar, when a new model Nissan X-Trail
pulled up in front the house and two occu-
pants, one armed with an automatic rifle
and the other with a handgun, emerged
and opened fire on the group.
Mohammed died immediately after being
struck in the face while Samaroo died shortly
after from a gunshot wound to the head.
Karan survived being shot behind his head
and knee while his wife, Toolsie, and Massey
were shot in their hands and legs.
Witnesses said after the gunmen returned
to the X-Trail they continued spraying bul-
lets at people in the street, hitting Williams,
Graham and Paul. The injured were taken
to the Point Fortin Area Hospital by private
vehicles and later transferred to the San
Fernando General Hospital.
Police found the gunmen s vehicle a short
distance away from the scene and impound-
ed it for tracing. Senior police officers said
patrols and manpower will be increased in
Investigators believe the gunmen went
for Amit, who was alleged to have been
involved in illegal activity.
Speaking to the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Mohammed s husband Navindra Tambie
said his wife was in the wrong place at the
Tambie, 24, who is Amit s brother, said
he ran for his life when the gunmen trained
their guns on him. He believed Amit was
the target, having been shot at by gunmen
two years ago in a drug related incident.
Tambie was at his Lemessey Street home
where his mother-in-law, Kathlene
Mohammed, was feeding Mohammed and
his two-month-old baby Safiyya Naviana
"We were walking by to buy barbecue
and my brother s wife called her to tell her
something. I was leaning by the car and I
saw the two men jump out the vehicle and
open fire on them. Then he turned and
watch me and fired behind me because he
probably knew I was Sanchez s brother,"
"I could not see who it was because it
happened so fast and ran into a side street.
After my wife was shot I knew I couldn t
do anything to help her. When I went back
and held her up, she was already dead and
there was a lot of blood on my clothes."
Back at Amit s home, his mother Lalitta
Tambie said she was inside watching tel-
evision with her grandchildren when she
thought fireworks had gone off. After real-
ising it was not, Tambie, 49, sent relatives
outside to check.
"I thought it was fireworks but when
fireworks go off you will hear the noise in
the air. We did not hear anything, then I
heard somebody said they shot him by the
"When I came out, I saw my son on the
ground and my daughter-in-law lying down,
Baptism of fire for Dillon
Seven killed in three days
WE WILL MOVE TO
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, who was
on a motorcade in Cedros yesterday, met with Lalitta
Tambie to offer condolences.
He was also told by residents who witnessed the
murder that police officers stationed at the party hid
when shots rang out and did nothing to chase down
Dillon later told reporters that dealing with murders
was one of his first priorities as it was the barometer
by which crime was measured.
"The number one issue is the crime in Trinidad and
Tobago and out of that, murder is the barometer by
which crime is measured in almost all jurisdictions," he
"In looking at the murders, in looking at crime, it is
the first priority in my national security architecture.
We first have to look and do the review of the national
security architecture, but that must be done
simultaneously with looking at and addressing the
issues of crime and criminality.
He said this was the reason why he met with the
heads of the security arms last week "to get an idea as
to what is the situation in so far as crime is concerned,
what are the measures they have in place now and
what we can do improve those measures."
Showing reporters that Venezuela was visible from
Icacos, he said another priority for his ministry was
maritime security so as to stem the flow of weapons
into the country.
"We have to take measures to protect citizens,
especially in the South Western Peninsular here. ...
Traditionally we have known that there has always
been movements from the South American mainland
to Trinidad and Tobago," he said.
"What has happened over time is that the
commodity has changed and now we have the guns
and other things coming over. Therefore, another
priority in terms of looking and addressing our
maritime security is first and foremost to prevent that.
While we tackle that, we also have to tackle the
internal security environment, but I am saying this to
you with the understanding that we first must do a
review of the security architecture to know where we
are, where we are going and then fill the gaps."
An article on page A6 of yesterday's Sunday
Guardian, headlined "It's not business as usual,"
erroneously listed the price of gas was $US72 per
mmbtu. Gas is in fact priced at around $US2.69 per
mmbtu. The error is regretted.
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