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guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 25, 2017
Two men are now dead after
they were shot in their heads
early yesterday in Tobago.
T&T Guardian understands
that Dexter Providence and his
friend, who remains unidenti-
fied, were shot shortly after they
were allegedly involved in a rob-
bery. The second man died in hospital
The men reportedly robbed two
women from the Richmond area of
cash and valuables before stealing a
black Hyundai Elantra from one of the
victims to make their escape.
The incident was quickly reported to
the police, who later stumbled upon the
men in a secluded area off the Mason
Hall/Les Coteaux Link Road around 1
The men were found outside the
stolen vehicle suffering from gunshot
wounds to their heads. Both men were
taken to the Scarborough General Hos-
pital, but Providence, 23, of Mt Pleas-
ant, died on arrival.
Police are yet to determine the mo-
tive for the killing, but sources say they
were shot execution style. The killing
brought Tobago's murder toll to seven
for the year.
The Tobago Homicide Bureau is con-
Commenting hours after the incident
yesterday, Tobago House of Assembly
(THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles
said the safety and security of all res-
idents of Tobago continues to be of
In a statement, Charles said the THA
was taking an active role in ensuring
the necessary resources are in place to
lead the fight against crime and to keep
"Just yesterday we met with various
heads of national security to discuss our
current security efforts and assess the
island's security needs. This is a clear
signal of our intent to work closely
with the protective services to ensure
Tobagonians can continue to feel safe
in their communities," Charles said.
Charles also called on residents to
play their part by reporting suspicious
activities to the police and helping to
bring perpetrators to justice.
Ravi Anthony was shot twice and one of his arms and legs
were chopped off by his killers, who then tried to set his
body afire before dumping it in a forested area in Sister's
Road, his autopsy has found.
Anthony, 34, a mason, was abducted on May 14 while walking
along Mission Road, Freeport, with a male relative. He was returning
to his Connector Drive, Nelson Road, Freeport home at the time.
Relatives now say Anthony was killed in retaliation for the January
3, 2o17 murders of Elton Armorer, 35; Michael Kent Brown, 25 and
Winston Edwards, 39, at Common-
wealth Drive, Nelson Road, Freeport.
A family member had told the
T&T Guardian earlier this week
that other family members
were living in fear after they
received a menacing mes-
sage several days after the
"Someone send a message
that we would never see
Ravi again and they would
take out our family one by
one," the relative said.
On Sunday, a resident of
Francis Trace, Sister's Road,
stumbled across the badly de-
composed body of a man in some
bushes on the side of the roadway.
Police contacted Anthony's fam-
ily on Monday to identify the body,
but it was on Tuesday when relatives
visited the Forensic Science Centre in
St James that they confirmed it was
In an interview yesterday, a female
relative, who asked not to be identi-
fied, said because of the state of An-
thony's body the family will be having
a closed casket funeral sometime later
this week. Anthony was the eldest of
his parents' 12 children. She said the
family was still reeling from the shock
of the details of his gruesome murder.
"They wrapped his head in some
clothes and tried to set him on fire...
now we can't even open the box (cof-
fin), we have to put a picture of him
on top of it. We can't even buy a suit
of clothes for Ravi to go home in,"
"His father run out the mortuary crying when he see the con-
dition of his son's body. Right now nobody knows how to feel, we
can't even sleep."
Initially, the family was unable to identify his body as the cloth-
ing he was wearing did not match those he was wearing when he
"Apparently he was wearing clothes my cousin sent for him from
New York and they were not sure it was him."
But the relative again said that Anthony was being falsely tar-
geted as he had no connections to the January 3 triple murders.
"Those guys who got killed in January were warring with a lot
of different people from outside. Ravi didn't have anything to do
with those murders. He even went into the police station and told
them that he was being blamed but nothing ever came out of it."
She described Anthony as a quiet person and said she does not
understand why the family is being targeted.
"Some guys beat up one of his brothers earlier a few months ago
and they chopped another brother too, we don't know what to do
because like they are not stopping."
Freeport police confirmed that the body found was Anthony's
but said no motive has been determined.
A senior police officer said Anthony was not known to the police
and had no criminal record.
who got killed
in January were
warring with a
lot of different
do with those
murders. He even
went into the
police station and
told them that he
was being blamed
but nothing ever
came out of it."
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