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Murder of Maracas/St Joseph gang leader
Residents brace for revenge killings
Members of the Maracas/
St Joseph faction of the Rasta
City gang are reportedly seek-
ing revenge for the death of
their leader, Kerlan "Miceman"
George, who was gunned down
along with one of his associates
Shameel "Kazim" Ali on Thurs-
The men were killed minutes after
leaving the Maracas/St Joseph Po-
lice Station where George had gone to
sign an instruction handed down to
him by a magistrate as part of his bail
requirements on a firearms charge.
Yesterday, the streets of the com-
munity were deserted. This was in
contrast to the night before when
residents blocked a section of the
Maracas Royal Road near George's
home and lit debris.
During the fiery protest, graffiti
was spray painted on a nearby wall.
It read: RIP King aka Mice D Gener-
al...U see that that is family hope u
ready for it...War.
A woman, who didn't want to be
identified, said George had been "a
brother and a father to many."
"Them don't know what they do
you know," she told the T&T Guard-
ian. "They take we family from we
and is real war put here now."
Another resident said the widely
held belief in the community was that
George's hit was ordered by a drug
lord who had connections to senior
"We know is the police who have
everything to do with this and right
now we not fraid them. Police mean
nothing to us, no respect whatsoever.
Bun down Babylon," the man said.
A police officer stationed to the
Maracas/St Joseph Police Station
said he and his colleagues station
don't feel "anywhere close to safe."
"It's terrible. We are all scared be-
cause these men don't have no fear
for the law. No security has been
beefed up here for us either. No
sentry placed outside the station.
No kind of words of encourage-
ment, comfort or motivation," the
Another resident said the village
used to be a peaceful.
"Now we are afraid to leave our
homes in the night to take a little
walk. The villagers are very scared,
like myself but we cannot say or do
anything because these young people
mean business. If they could carry
out open attacks on the police, who
are we, the ordinary man and wom-
The man said he grew up with
George and played football with him
but never got too close to the slain
"I stayed my distance. The young
people nowadays do not know the
value of life and the value of working
hard for things. They only study to
drink, smoke and lime and get things
the easiest and fastest way," he said.
Police sources said an emergency
meeting was called yesterday of sen-
ior officers of the Northern Division
to discuss the six murders recorded in
the Division overnight on Thursday
and instructions were given for heads
of divisions with a high murder rate,
to try to get those numbers below
four a month.
At a joint press conference on
Wednesday with Attorney General,
Faris Al-Rawi and National Securi-
ty Minister Edmund Dillon, acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams said he was focusing on
the Northern Division to clamp down
on the spiralling murder rate there.
Friends lured to their deaths in Carapo
JENSEN LA VENDE
Two men who were released
from prison last October on
charges of kidnapping and
robbery, were gunned down
on Thursday night after go-
ing to a meeting in Carapo,
According to police, Damian
Daniel, 38 and Clint Hernandez,
33 were found shot to death in
Daniel's pick-up around 8 pm
along Simon Road, Carapo. Rel-
atives of Hernandez said some-
one telephoned him last week
to attend a meeting but refused
and had been ignoring numerous
calls to attend the meeting.
It was only when his friend
Daniel advised him to attend the
meeting and agreed accompany
him that the two men venture
to Carapo where they met their
Speaking at the Forensic Sci-
ence Centre, St James yesterday,
Hernandez' brother Joel David-
son said his sibling was a crimi-
nal who met his death due to his
Davidson said Daniel and his
brother were like "ring on finger."
"My brother, he was no saint.
He was involved in criminal ac-
tivity. Anything you can think
of he was there. He left home in
Brazil to Carapo. He said he had a
meeting to go to. The next thing
know how many people he left
crying. I was expecting this to
happen," Davidson said.
He said his brother survived
a gun attack last year where he
was shot nine times. He said his
friend Daniel was with him then
but was not harmed.
Davidson said it was Hernan-
dez who took him to church and
who took him to play basketball
and questioned how and why he
would leave that behind for a life
of crime. He said his brother
had two children and whenever
something went wrong in the
Brazil area, police was always
knocking on Hernandez's door
to interrogate him. He said since
Daniel and his brother were in-
separable in life, he would seek
to have the both of them buried
Relatives of Daniel, 38, a fa-
ther of three, spoke nothing
of him having a criminal past.
Instead they painted him as a
hard-working man who was
close friends with Hernandez.
Daniel lived in Maloney and
sometimes stayed with the
mother of his child in La Hor-
quetta. They said Daniel was
a skilled at installing tiles and
whenever he was contracted he
would hire Hernandez
"It is very hard. I don't know
how we are going to get through
this but he is already dead. God
will be the judge of everything. I
just want to put him to rest, and
leave everything else in the hands
of God," his mother, who did not
want to be named, said.
The two men were among six
men killed in the Northern Di-
vision on Thursday. There were
two other murders in St Joseph
In a photo
a man was
Ali, who was
Maracas/St Joseph Police Station
along with Kerlan "Miceman" George.
We apologise for the error.
A motorist slows down to read a message painted on a wall along the Maracas Royal Road following the shooting
death of gang leader Kerlan George and his friend Shameel Ali. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
and Tobago on Thurs-
day night which took
the murder toll to 34 in
20 days. Last year, for
the month of January, 49
people had been killed.
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