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Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis, 51, was mur-
dered because he had pledged to expose
the operations of the Unruly Isis gang,
their affiliation and close networking with
some members of two of the country s
major law enforcement agencies, the T&T
Police Service and the T&T Defence Force.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, near to where Alexis and two others
were killed at Freedom Street, Chaguanas,
on Sunday, a close affiliate of Alexis said
that just before he was ambushed and killed,
he had told a few people of his frustration
with the threats and senseless criminal acts
carried out by members of the gang.
" Robo (as Alexis was called) tried many
times to promote peace again in the com-
munity but he was fed up with the constant
disrespect he got from those unruly youths,
the associate claimed. "Them show up to
be real characters and Robo was ready to
put his foot down and talk," the affiliate
Alexis, a father of nine, and Kevin Escayg
were killed after a group of men, believed
to be Unruly Isis members, ambushed them
outside Alexis carwash. Escayg was killed
as he shielded his son, Kirchard Scott, from
But Alexis managed to kill one of his
attackers, Thomas "Hamza" Sharpe, a
known Unruly Isis member who had ini-
tially attempted to distract Alexis before
the other gang members launched their
attack out of a vehicle they had earlier
Yesterday, the affiliate said Alexis had
first-hand information on how the Unruly
Isis operated, who were the "influencers"
in the gang and which law enforcement
officers for whom they allegedly conducted
"Alexis had strongly believed that even
some members of the media were being
manipulated when they only ran what was
given to them from some police officers.
He found that they weren t coming into the
area to conduct unbiased and independent
investigations to get to the bottom of what
really was happening here in Enterprise,"
the affiliate said.
The affiliate was speaking about the spate
of murders which occurred in the commu-
nity earlier this year, forcing police and sol-
diers to lock down the area for weeks.
It is alleged that the influence of some
members of the gang was so far-reaching,
that one of Alexis close male relatives
allegedly abandoned his care and guidance
to join the Unruly Isis.
"Robo felt sorry for the youths and how
they were being led astray but they were
being encouraged by some police officers
and soldiers when they were only (allegedly)
receiving high-powered assault rifles, high-
tech hand guns and ammunition," the affil-
"Robo s heart went out to them, especially
knowing that most of them came from single
parent homes also and that was the kind
of person that Robo had become."
The T&T Guardian was told that just
recently was the first time in all his years
of being a Muslim that Alexis observed
i tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadan,
where he stayed in the Enterprise Commu-
nity Masjid keeping the fast and offering
fervent prayers for his family, community
and peace in the community.
A member of the mosque, who wished
not to be identified, said that for some
strange reason, Alexis knew that after Eid
things were going to get worse in the com-
"I feel he knew that he was going to die
but I know that he would not have gone
down without a fight," the mosque member
Cops detain Imam
Helen Lynch, the wife of Alexis close
friend, Imam Morland Muakyil Abdullah,
said yesterday that she knew Alexis was
working along with her husband to attempt
to restore peace in the community.
Ironically, Imam Abdullah, of the Enter-
prise Mosque in Crown Trace, was taken
into police custody at 6 am yesterday. Asked
for what reason, Lynch said she was mostly
in the dark about it.
"Firstly, the police did not come in any
hostile way. They came and spoke to him
quietly and nicely and he left with them.
I was told that he was needed by Intelligence
but then I got a call saying that another set
of police officers wanted to talk to him
because they think that his life may be in
danger somehow as well, following Robo s
murder," Lynch said.
She and her husband were in the process
of planning a one-year anniversary prayer
event for her son, Ackmal Lynch, 22, who
was also gunned down. Ackmal and his
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Enterprise resident Assraph Ali remembers the life of Selwyn "Robocop" Alexis yesterday.
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brother were at a construction site in Charlieville last
July 22 when gunmen entered and shot them. Aqyil
was shot in the leg.
"Robo s killing in this time and my husband s
detention in police custody for the next 72 hours is
a setback for us. I am satisfied though, how both of
them worked together to try to bring back peace in
the community. It s a cause both of them fought for
and I am sure, willing to die for," Lynch said.
Asked if she was scared for her life and that of her
husband, Lynch said she was not.
"I used to be very much afraid but after my son
got killed I got the strength and I realised that we
have to do something to protect others. Brothers are
being killed and getting hurt and we need to do some-
thing because what they are doing is not right," she
Plea for peace
In a tribute to his father yesterday, Alexis son,
Kerron, said he learned a lot from his father over the
years and saw him do everything to try to bring the
youths together and for peace.
Alexis wife, Bernadette, said to comment on her
husband would show her bias and dared the T&T
Guardian to go to the older heads in the community
to hear their views and opinions about Alexis.
"He was the kind of person that helped people in
need, especially those who could not have afforded
milk and pampers for their babies," Bernadette said.
Alexis had had several brushes with the law in the
past and was reputed to be the leader of a criminal
But Freedom Street resident, Assraph Ali, 74,
described Alexis as a good man.
"I knew him for the past 15 years when I moved
into the area and I have never known him to be a
bad man. I never asked him to do anything for me
but he showed me the respect and I knew of people
who he helped in one way or the other. It is sad he
had to go that way but we need someone now to
take over his legacy," he added.
Alexis was going to expose criminal network---affiliate
Robo was silenced
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