Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 12th 2013 Contents DEREK ACHONG
Three people, among them the wife of
deceased reputed gang leader Mark Guerra,
were murdered in separate shootings in Arou-
ca, Laventille and Port-of-Spain between Fri-
day night and yesterday afternoon.
The three killings raised the murder toll for
the year to 131.
Arouca man killed
In the first incident, around 10.20 pm on
Friday night, 27-year-old Rickel Duncan of
Arouca, was liming with friends at Perkins
Street when the group was approached by a
gunman. Without warning, the gunman drew
a firearm and began shooting at Duncan. After
hitting Duncan several times in the head and
chest, the gunman ran off. Duncan was rushed
to the Arima Health Facility where he was
Investigators said Duncan was well known
to police and was a suspected drug dealer.
Police said he was born in Antigua and came
to Trinidad after he was deported from the
US a couple of years ago. He was the father
of a four-month-old girl.
ASP Greenwich and Arouca Police are con-
Meanwhile, around 2 pm yesterday, 38-year-
old Beverly Nurse, of John John, Laventille,
was shot dead in front of her deceased husband,
Mark Guerra s home. Gang leader Guerra was
murdered at his Wallerfield farm in March
Police said that Nurse was standing in front
of a shop under Guerra s house, when she was
approached by a man pretending to be a cus-
tomer. Investigators said the man drew a firearm
and shot Nurse in the head. She died at the
Nurse recently survived an attempt on her
life in which she and a male companion were
shot at by a gunman while driving near her
Police said that on May 2, Nurse and her
friend Jovan Maxwell, of Pelican Extension,
Morvant, were driving in her Kia Sportage
when a man ran in the path of the car. Nurse,
who was driving, stopped the vehicle and the
man drew a firearm and shot at them.
Maxwell was hit twice in the face, while
Nurse escaped unharmed. Maxwell survived
that shooting and still remained warded in
hospital up to late yesterday.
Senior police sources said that reprisal killings
are expected to follow Nurse s murder as she
was an acquaintance of several gang leaders
in Laventille. In response, joint police and army
patrols are expected to be increased in the next
couple of days, sources said.
Two teens gunned down in East Dry River
Less than 30 minutes after Nurse was killed,
two teenagers were shot at East Dry River,
Police said that Nigel Hypolite, 19, and Jesse
Chris, 17, were salvaging scrap iron near their
homes in Clifton Hill Circular Road when they
were approached by two masked gunmen. The
men reportedly shot the teens several times
before running away.
Hypolite was pronounced dead at the scene,
while his friend was rushed to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital. Chris was scheduled
to undergo emergency surgery yesterday
evening and was said to be in critical condition.
Homicide detectives could not confirm whether
both shootings were connected but believe
that both were gang-related.
ASP Ajith Persad, Insp Mervyn Edwards
and Cpl Paul of the Port-of-Spain CID are
probing both murders.
Crime scene investigators make their way to the murder scene of Beverly Nurse at her parlour
at the corner of Foster Street and St Joseph Road, East Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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Beverly Hills resident Beverly Nurse,
38, widow of slain gang leader Mark
Guerra, was killed with one gunshot
to the back of the head at 2.30 pm yes-
terday. Wearing blue jeans and a grey
and black sweater, her corpse lay on
the steps of her well-stocked tuck shop.
Her face was covered with a black and
white shawl. Up to late yesterday, the
gunman remained at large.
Meanwhile, shocked and angry res-
idents emerged from the neighbour-
hood s streets. Traffic ground to a halt
as curious motorists and passersby
stopped to stare at the small mob gath-
ered between Foster Street and Cook
Street, St Joseph Road, Laventille. A few
spilled over to the opposite side of the
street---where the sign etched "Mark
Guerra s Wall of Peace"---did not go
Residents said some of her children
were around but they were reluctant to
point them out. Both male and female
residents expressed remorse at Nurse s
death on the eve of Mother s Day. She
is said to be the mother of seven. A
group of females sat outside a corrugated
gate weeping, drinking and swearing
revenge at the perpetrators.
Spokesman for the group Ann Marie
Inniss said, "That woman has children
and small children. That woman has
about seven children. Who could do that
on the eve of Mother s Day? It is sad.
People could say what they want about
her. But she is a nice woman. She was
a great woman to the community. Who-
ever do that to her, have to feel it too."
Having heard the heart-rending news,
Inniss said, "I was drinking a beer and
when I heard Beverly dead, it fell out of
The late Mark Guerra
Mark Guerra, 47, a top-ranking official
of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, was gunned
down in Wallerfield, on March 23, 2003.
Guerra, known as Jaleel, was at his farm
when he was visited by three of his
workers. While standing near his BMW
PBL 3311, Guerra let his guard down and
was casual in the way he chatted with
the workers. A car with several men
dressed in black and wearing ski masks
pulled up and opened fire on the group.
He was the main suspect in the 1989
car shooting of a vehicle transporting
Zalayhar Hassanali, wife of former pres-
ident Noor Hassanali, around the
Queen s Park Savannah.
There's a treat in store this month for fans of Sunday Guardian
columnist Angelo Bissessarsingh.
To mark Indian Arrival Day, the T&T Guardian has
commissioned him to write a special series called the Indo-
It starts on Wednesday in your T&T Guardian.
And this is one of two Indian Arrival Day logos designed for the
occasion by talented T&T Guardian sub-editor Richard Yacoob.
...as gunmen kill three
in separate incidents
Widow of slain gang
leader shot dead
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