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JENSEN LA VENDE
Bad company is
being blamed for the
death of a 17-year-
old San Juan resi-
dent who was killed
by police on Monday
night along with his
Police reports are
that the teen, Jamal
Matthias, along with Kerron Mungroo, were at
Ramkissoon Branch Trace, off the San Juan Old
Road, when they reportedly shot at police officers
attached to the North Eastern Division Task Force
around 8.30 pm.
The officers said they returned fire killing both
men. A pistol and a revolver at the scene, police
said. Mungroo had been arrested for being a mem-
ber of the "San Juan Gang" during the State of
Emergency in 2011 and later released.
At the scene yesterday residents, claimed Mat-
thais and Mungroo were liming with other men
when they were approached by police.
They said the group ran in different directions
and Matthais and Mungroo ran into approach-
ing officers. Sometime later gunshots were heard
and the men taken to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex where they were pronounced
dead on arrival.
Residents said the area where the shooting took
place was dark and bushy. When the T&T Guardian
went to the area, there were no street lights close
by or houses nearby.
Matthias' mother, Stacey Roberts, speaking at
he Dundonald Trace, San Juan home said her son
was always keeping bad company and nearly lost
his life when he was stabbed some time ago.
She said she was not prepared to fight the po-
lice on her son's killing saying that she has never
heard of anyone who "get justice when police shoot
. All she wants now is to bury her child
and move on. Mungroo's relatives challenged the
police account of the shooting incident.
They claimed the duo were most likely smok-
ing marijuana when police crept up on them and
knowing that they could be arrested they ran.
They said the two men's only vice was smoking
marijuana and were not involved in anything more
sinister. They said Mungroo was "cool" and was
never disrespectful to anyone.
Mother of victim vows vengeance
Couple murdered in bed
To the murderers who
barged into the home of
Luenda Anthony and her
boyfriend, Rickey Moham-
med, they should seek God's
forgiveness as there will be
none coming from Antho-
ny's mother Nicole Anthony.
Angered and saddened over
the brazen deaths, Nicole vowed
that retribution would be hers
after seeing Anthony's bloodied
body on a bed and Mohammed
dying next to her.
"You all just pray and ask God
for forgiveness because it is only
He who will forgive you. I am
not forgiving you all," Nicole
said as she sat outside their
Cochrane Village, Guapo home.
Up to midday yesterday, blood
remained on the sheets and the
walls of the bedroom where the
Around 12.15 am, gunmen
broke down the door at the
wooden house and shot Antho-
ny, 29, once in the head and Mo-
hammed, 39, twice in his head.
Nicole said she heard the
gunshots and after calling out
to Anthony, she heard moaning.
On entering the room, she
saw her daughter, a security
officer with Amalgamated Se-
curity Services Ltd, lying dead
on the bed, with Mohammed
faintly saying, "call the ambu-
Mohammed, a PH taxi driv-
er and part-time worker at the
Point Fortin Borough Corpora-
tion died while being taken to
the Point Fortin Area Hospital.
He had three children with his
Anthony, who was stationed
at the Licensing Office in Point
Fortin, also worked at KFC,
Point Fortin on weekends.
Nicole said the only problem
she knew Mohammed had was
a dispute with a relative over a
house in Point Fortin that his
deceased mother left. She said
the relative lived downstairs
while Mohammed occupied
the upper floor.
In a message to her daughter's
killers, she said: "God does not
sleep. How you killed my child,
you all are going to die slowly
but surely. You can't tell me
that you as a human being will
bed sleeping, and shoot them in
That means you don't have
God, you do not have any moth-
ers, you do not have any sisters,
nieces, cousins or any family
who are girls. You were not born
of a woman, to watch my child
and kill her and her man. That
is wrong, it is demonical. I am
going to pray for you all, that is
know you all are going to die."
A small packet of marijuana
was found in the track leading
to the house which is believed
to have from the killers, police
It was reported that a car was
seen driving around the area
around 10 pm on Monday night,
however, no one took caution.
Recently, Anthony's car was
stolen and retrieved in Care-
nage. Investigators were unsure
whether there was a link to the
She was thankful that An-
thony's nine-year-old daughter
slept with her in an adjoining
apartment when the gunmen
came. She said it will be a strug-
gle to tell her granddaughter
that her mother was killed.
Ezra Anthony, right, is consoled at the scene of her cousin Luenda Anthony's murder at Cochrane
Village, Point Fortin, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A 22-year-old Belmont man who was re-
leased from prison in November last year was
killed in St James on Monday night.
According to police reports, they responded to
a shooting at Upper Dundonald Hill around 7 pm
and found Akil Romain.
Relatives of Romain who spoke with the media
at the Forensic Science Centre, St James yesterday,
said he was released from prison with an intention
of never returning and immediately began search-
ing for a job. They said
he had confided in his
pastor that he wanted to
change his life around.
After close to two
months hunting for a
job, Romain, who had
been in jail for gun
possession was finally
employed as a labour-
er at Freddies Bakery, in
St James. Relatives said
Romain had made an
appointment for a "bush
bath" and on returning from that he was killed.
In an unrelated killing, an Arima man was mur-
dered outside his home early yesterday.
Floyd Williams Jr, 34, had been arrested in the
past for possession of narcotics, police said.
His father, Floyd Williams Snr, said his son
had no enemies as far as he was aware and was
a loving son.
Williams Snr, who spoke with the
media at the Forensic Science Centre
said his son, his second child and first
boy, was the father of one. He said his
son was a skilled mechanic.
Police said around 3.30 am yesterday
two gunshots were heard followed by
a loud scream and on checking, Wil-
liams' body was found outside his
Calvary Hill home. Williams was the
father of a nine-year-old girl.
So far, 26 people have been killed for
the year one less than the comparable
toll for last year.
Ex-con shot dead in St James
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