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RADHICA SOOKRAJ-DE SILVA
"They killed my grandson in
the bushes. It not fair. What is
this world coming to?" Melena
Rauseo cried as she told rela-
tives in the United States about
the murder of her grandson,
Standing in the doorway of
her living room, Rauseo said she
could not bear to see Mark, 24,
lying dead with a single gunshot
to his head.
Police said Mark, of Reid Road,
Point Fortin, left home around
6 pm Monday to feed his two
black pit bulls. The animals were
tied in a shed in Mark s garden
at Spring Street, off Warden
It is believed that while stand-
ing near the shed a lone gunman
went up to Mark and shot him
in the head as he attempted to
run. Around 8:45 am yesterday,
a resident of Spring Street saw
Mark s body and called the
He was still wearing his
father s gold chain around his
neck, causing police to rule out
robbery as a motive.
Officers cordoned off the area
and searched for spent shells.
Rauseo said she did not know
why anyone wanted her grand-
"Kadeem is such a nice child.
I don t know what going on in
Point Fortin now you know. This
is so unfair," Rauseo said, adding
that in the days before his death
he told his family someone
wanted him dead.
"I don t know who or why but
I know he was afraid to go in the
garden alone," she added.
Rauseo said on Monday, Mark
told relatives he could not get
anybody to go with him to the
garden so he was taking a chance
to go alone.
"They shoot him and they kill
him. I couldn t stay to look at
the body. I could not take it,"
She said Mark was an only
child and his father, Ricardo, had
been helping him to plant ochro,
peppers, pumpkin and bananas
on the land. Ricardo was incon-
solable yesterday and had to be
taken to the Point Fortin Area
Hospital after his blood pressure
Police said Mark knew the
man who shot him. Within
recent times, outsiders have been
occupying squatting lands in the
area. A source in the area said:
"Strangers come here and they
put up houses and squat. All
kinds of things going on here.
People selling land that is not
theirs to sell."
A number of plyboard shacks
were seen in the hillsides at War-
den Road which is a link to the
Southern Main Road, Cap-de-
Mark s body was sent to the
Forensic Science Centre, St
James, for an autopsy today.
Anyone with information can
contact CrimeStoppers at 800
TIPS. Homicide officers are con-
Five years ago there was an attempted
murder on Mark John s life but the death
threats continued and days before he was
killed, John, 27, of St James, gave three names
of his enemies to several people, including
a senior warrant officer, from the area.
Around 5.30 am yesterday a man on his
way to work found John s body along a track
at Bourne s Road. He had been shot several
Police said residents reported hearing several
gunshots around 11 pm Monday but no one
went outside to investigate.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
a close friend, who did not to be identified,
said John survived a hit on his life five years
"He was shot in the buttocks in that attempt.
He was lucky to survive then but it is sad to
see that he did not survive this time," John s
John was deported from the US after several
years but both his parents still live in the US
and were said to be vacationing in St Kitts.
John, also known as Kimani Cyat, was
described as a "no nonsense kind of guy" and
was known for defending himself and others
from the alleged troublemakers in the area. It
is believed he was not liked and was killed
because of a "turf war."
"He used to lime around with the fellas but
he was not in nothing with nobody and the
fellas and them used to threaten him because
of turf war , but he was not in anything wrong.
"He was strongly built and was known as
a fighter to all those who came around him
with stupidness, so they had to get to him
with a gun, nothing else," John s friend said.
When the threats against his life intensified,
John confided in friends and family members
and gave the names of three individuals respon-
"This is so chilling and scary but true talk,"
John s friend added.
John s body was removed to the Forensic
Science Centre, St james, for an autopsy.
Investigations are continuing.
JENSEN LA VENDE
The decomposing body found in
a ravine last Saturday was identified
yesterday as Kalyan Hamilton, a
bus driver with the Public Trans-
portation Service Corporation
According to police reports,
Hamilton s mutilated body was dis-
covered on Saturday morning by a
villager of Yaraba Road, Carlsen Field.
Police said the man saw something
wrapped in a sheet last Wednesday
but thought nothing of it. Police said
the man again saw the object Sat-
urday morning, two days after he
noticed a caiman nibbling at it.
Using a bamboo rod, the man
poked the object and in doing so
part of the sheet came off and he
noticed a partially eaten human leg.
The horrified man then called the
Police said when they arrived just
after 9 am they found the body tied
to two concrete blocks, gagged,
wrapped in the sheet and with chop
wounds to the head and abdomen.
Homicide detectives told the T&T
Guardian Hamilton s body was
mutilated after he had been killed.
Speaking on the condition of
anonymity, officers said his head was
bashed in with what the pathologist
believes was the claw of a hammer.
After he died, the killers cut open
his chest and abdomen.
Police said the killers were vicious
in their attack and bashed in Hamil-
ton s head so badly that they could
not count how many times he would
have been hit.
Hamilton, 39, lived at Hilton
Mitchell Street, California. His rel-
atives were too distraught to speak
when approached by the media at
the Forensic Science Centre, St
James, and were unable to speak
when telephoned by the T&T
Guardian yesterday evening.
Hamilton s ghastly death at the
hands of his attackers is one of four
recently, taking the murder toll to
237 for the year. For the correspon-
ding period last year the murder toll
stood at 210.
In an unrelated killing, police are
looking at robbery as a possible
motive in the shooting death of 52-
year-old Phillip "Salt" Bartholomew.
According to police reports,
Bartholomew was found dead by
residents of Mt Hope Road, Mt Hope,
after a volley of gunshots on Monday
night around 7.10 pm.
Police said relatives told them that
"two big gold chains" belonging to
Bartholomew were missing and one
smaller chain was left on him. This
prompted police to suspect he was
robbed and shot. Police said he was
shot at least eight times while anoth-
er man, who was not identified, was
shot in the left upper thigh.
Man found in ravine was PTSC driver
Man gives names
of enemies months
before being slain
MURDER TOLL HITS 237
Gardener shot in head
Melena Rauseo, the grandmother of Kadeem Mark (inset), who was
shot dead on Monday at Spring Street, Warden Road, Point Fortin.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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