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United National Congress Longdenville/Talparo Councillor
Ryan Rampersad was erroneously referred to as a "PNM
Councillor" in a photo caption published on page A5 of the
January 17 edition. We regret the error.
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
AND RENUKA SINGH
(with reporting by Jensen La Vende,
Within 24 hours seven people were
shot and killed, while another four
were shot and wounded throughout
Among the seven, five were mur-
dered and two were killed by the
Three of the murders took place
in Laventille, while the other two
killings occurred in Penal and Vega
de Oropouche, Sangre Grande.
The Laventille murders took place
despite the announcement by Prime
Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Friday
that soldiers would immediately
return to the streets to weed out
criminal elements and also become
a permanent fixture in areas such as
Laventille, Enterprise, Diego Martin,
Tobago, and other parts of T&T.
Rowley s call came shortly after
Thursday s brazen murders of school-
boys De-neilson Smith, 17, and Mark
Richards, 16, on Picton Road, Laven-
tille, while on their way home from
An 81-year-old pensioner, Mosley
Phillip, who is said to be the father
of one of the men allegedly involved
in the shooting of the two secondary
school teens, was gunned down on
Friday night in Laventille.
Police said they believed the killing
was a reprisal for the murders of the
Around 2.10 pm yesterday, several
police officers and soldiers were sta-
tioned close to Sogren Trace, Laven-
tille, not too far from where Phillip
was shot a few times in the chest.
According to police reports, Phillip s
wife, Cynthia, was washing dishes
on Friday night when the water sup-
ply stopped suddenly.
She woke him up to do a routine
check, but he was approached by
gunmen who shot him several times
about the body. The couple s couch
was also set on fire and police dis-
covered the remains of two molotov
cocktails at the scene. Police are
working on the theory that Phillip s
killers attempted to torch the house.
No one was at home yesterday
when the T&T Guardian visited.
There were broken pieces of glass
from the three window panes and
bullet holes in the front door.
A neighbour, however, said Phillip
and his wife were quiet people who
were never in trouble with anyone.
Residents claimed the son was part
of a gang.
Young man gunned down in
Lower down at Clifton Hill, east
Port-of-Spain, on Friday night, police
on patrol heard gunshots and upon
investigation found the bloody body
of a young man. Police officers
attached to the Besson Street Police
Station were unable to identify the
man up to late yesterday.
Morvant PH driver shot to death
Across at Poinsettia Extension,
Morvant, 28-year-old PH driver
Richard Soleyn was shot to death
around 6 am yesterday while he hid
under a heap of clothes. Relatives
were comforting each other metres
from where he was shot.
Police said Soleyn and his com-
mon-law wife were at home sleeping
when three gunmen entered the home
by breaking down a back door. The
spouse, Natalie Phillip, and three chil-
dren---ages five, three and one---were
Soleyn s mother, Elizabeth Castillo,
holding on to her only son s wallet,
said he was loving and quiet. She
said his children adored him more
than their mother. According to
Castillo, her son worked hard to pro-
vide for his family. The children saw
their father s dead body, she said.
Castillo questioned who would
want to hurt Soleyn and why.
"I d like to know what he did," she
Castillo said, "I was home and
heard the shots. Normally when I
hear shots around the neighbourhood
I would call him but when I called,
I got no answer. The shots sounded
Penal vendor and Grande man
The murder spree was not con-
tained to the capital city.
In south Trinidad, police reports
were that early yesterday morning,
39-year-old produce vendor Steve
Stephenson of Penal Rock Road was
selling vegetables near his home when
gunmen approached and shot him
several times. Stephenson was rushed
to the Siparia Health Centre but was
pronounced dead on arrival.
Police are investigating the motive
behind this murder. (See Page A6)
Five murdered, two killed by police
Within 24 hours of PM's announcement of army/police patrols
PH driver Richard Soleyn.
Elizabeth Castillo, mother of Richard Soleyn who was shot dead yesterday,
sheds a tear while speaking to the media. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Defending National Single Pan Panorama champion San Juan East Side Symphony plays to first place in the
semifinal round of the 2016 music contest. We Ain't Home from the songbook of Christopher "Tambu" Herbert
was the band's tune of choice arranged by Duvone Stewart. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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