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Saturday s bloodbath in Icacos,
Cedros, may be a hit from over-
seas as police sources say the
intended target, Amit Samaroo,
was a known drug and gun dealer
with connections to a South
American drug cartel.
Investigators said they were still
verifying some of the information.
However, police informants suggest
that Samaroo, 29, also known as
Sánchez, had the help of several
law enforcement officers to get
shipments into the country and
transport it to different locations.
It is believed he was involved in
a drug shipment some months ago
but millions worth of the illegal
cargo went missing. It was also
believed a string of murders over
the past months may be linked to
the missing drugs.
Investigators are still trying to
determine from which country the
drugs came and which cartel
Samaroo was linked with but they
strongly believe the hit on his life
came from overseas.
This hit also claimed the life of
his 19-year-old sister-in-law Kim-
berly Mohammed and the wound-
ing of six other people.
Ten weeks ago, Mohammed and
Samaroo s brother, Navindra Tam-
bie, 24, celebrated the birth of their
first child, Safiyya Naviana Tam-
bie.An autopsy on Samaroo s body
yesterday showed that he was shot
approximately ten times.
Forensic reports suggested he
was the main target of the gunmen.
After being shot several times,
he turned around and tried to run
but collapsed within a short dis-
tance. His killer stood over him
and fired a few more shots at his
head, eyewitnesses reported.
Mohammed s death was said to
be collateral damage as she suffered
a single gunshot wound with the
bullet entering the back of her head
and exiting through her face.
Speaking by telephone yesterday,
Samaroo s mother Lalitta Tambie
said she believes her son s death
would be left unsolved. "I feel I
will not get any justice. I feel the
police would not do anything. My
child died and that is the end of
it," Tambie said.
The mother said on Sunday she
did not know anything about her
son s involvement in trafficking
Shells recovered from the crime
scene were sent for ballistics analy-
sis while the SUV abandoned by
the gunmen at a coconut estate in
Icacos was sent to the Special Anti-
Crime Unit (SAUTT) facility in
Cumuto for forensic tests.
Investigators were yet to get the
chassis number of the vehicle to
determine the owner but suspect
that it might have been stolen.
Relatives said Mohammed s
funeral would be held at her
Lemessey Street home on Wednes-
day at 1 pm while Samaroo s funer-
al would be Thursday from 1 pm.
1 dead, 1
JENSEN LA VENDE
A Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain, man died while
undergoing emergency surgery at the Port-
of-Spain General Hospital yesterday after
he and his friend were shot outside the
George Street Health Centre.
Police said Shervon Moses, 20, and Keon
Grant, both of Concession Drive, Sea Lots,
had just left the health facility where Grant
went for medical attention. Police said the
duo, who were driven there by Simon Noel,
arrived around 8.30 am and left about 30
Police said gunmen opened fire hitting both
Moses and Grant. Noel drove off and was
escorted by a passing police patrol to the hos-
pital. Noel escaped unhurt, police said, but
Grant and Moses were shot multiple times.
Moses died while being treated while Grant
was treated for a broken right leg, after being
shot, and is listed in a stable condition at
hospital. Police believe that the shooting is
Moses killing took the murder toll to 299
for the year, equalling the murder toll for the
same period last year.
In an unrelated incident, police are inves-
tigating the circumstances surrounding the
discovery of a homeless man found dead in
a shipping container yesterday.
Police said a resident of Bourg Mulatresse
went to carry food for the man, as they were
accustomed doing, and found him dead.
Police ordered that the body be taken to
the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an
autopsy to determine whether the man, who
has not been identified, died as a result of
foul play. The autopsy is expected to be done
An in a separate matter, police have iden-
tified the body of a man found shot to death
in St Joseph last Saturday as Garner Solomon,
30, of Champs Fleurs.
According to police reports around 2 am,
Saturday, limers at Red Light Bar along the
Eastern Main Road, St Joseph, heard gunshots
and scampered for safety. Solomon was found
dead after the shooting.
His body was identified by his father,
Michael Solomon, yesterday. The elder
Solomon, who spoke briefly with the media,
at the Forensic Science Centre, said his son
had a drug problem but was recovering.
He said that he had built an apartment
under his home for his son who would become
erratic whenever he did not get his drugs.
Other than that, he said, his son was a
calm person who never interfered with anyone.
The quiet community of Lam-
beau was jolted by a murder yes-
terday, while the decomposing
body of an elderly man was
found at his Scarborough home.
In the first incident, Vijay
Boodoosingh, 42, a drifter
believed to be from Trinidad was
found chopped to death at the
Petit Beach, Lambeau.
According to the police,
Boodoosingh was found shortly
after 7 am in a work shed near
the Lambeau Fish Market. It was
found by a fisherman from the
area. Police said there were sev-
eral chop wounds about the
District Medical Officer Dr
Oneil Potts viewed the body and
ordered it removed to the Scar-
borough Hospital Mortuary. An
autopsy is scheduled to be per-
formed soon. This was the third
murder for the year in Tobago.
In the second incident, the
decomposing body of Hilton
Thomas, 83, was found at Pump
Neighbours reported a foul
smell emanating from his house
and when they went to check
they found Thomas dead. He
was found on the ground clad
in a vest and cream pants.
A friend of the man, who
identified himself as Amigo, said
he was ailing with complications
from kidney disease for some
time. He was last seen alive by
friends who carried food for him
on Saturday. Neighbours said
Thomas usually kept to himself.
Police said they did not sus-
pect foul play but would await
the autopsy result.
DMO Dr Asha Edwards
ordered the body removed to the
Scarborough Hospital Mortuary.
The Tobago Homicide Bureau
is spearheading both investiga-
Reports suggest that around 11.30 pm, Samaroo, his brother Karan
Tambie, 31 and his sister-in-law Patricia Toolsie, 24, were liming at their
home opposite Lover's Lane with their friend Ricardo Massey, 25.
With the street crowded with people attending a party at the nearby
Lover's Paradise Bar, a new model Nissan X-Trail pulled up and two oc-
cupants, one armed with an automatic rifle and the other with a hand-
gun, emerged and opened fire on the group.
Samaroo and Mohammed died at the scene. Karan, his wife Toolsie,
and Massey were also shot. Witnesses said after the gunmen returned
to the SUV, they continued shooting through the crowd, hitting Utilda
Williams, 60, of North Trace, Chatham, her friend Leon Graham, 67, of
Mahaica, Point Fortin and Niel Paul, 27, of Marabella. Those injured
were taken to the Point Fortin Area Hospital and later transferred to
the San Fernando General Hospital.
Snr Supt Patsy Joseph said additional resources have been sent to
the community to prevent reprisals and to ease residents fear.
A NIGHT OF CHAOS
Missing drugs linked
to Cedros bloodbath
Drifter chopped to death in Lambeau
Undertakers remove the body of Vijay Boodoosingh which was found
in a work shed at Lambeau, Tobago, yesterday.
PHOTO: CASWELL GORDON
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