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Police said when Antoine opened the door,
the men attacked him, pulled him outside
and took him to a nearby alley.
Minutes after Antoine was abducted, res-
idents reported hearing a volley of gunshots.
When they checked behind nearby buildings
on George Street, they found the teenager
lying on the ground with gunshot wounds
about his body. He was pronounced dead on
the scene. Investigators said Antoine was shot
more than 15 times.
Within hours of Antoine s murder, homicide
detectives were again called to the Housing
Development Corporation (HDC) apartment
Residents told police that around 2.15 pm
they again heard a series of gunshots. When
they checked Building 27 on Duncan Street,
they found Shawndelle Brathwaite, 18, lying
on the bottom of a flight of stairs which leads
to an apartment he shared with Gomez,
Antoine s cousin. Brathwaite had been shot
in the shoulder and chest.
When they checked the apartment, they
found Gomez lying unconscious on the floor
with several gunshot wounds. The couple
was taken to Port-of-Spain General Hospital
where Gomez was pronounced dead on arrival.
Brathwaite underwent emergency surgery late
yesterday and was listed in a critical condition.
ASP Ajith Persad and Insp Sahadeo Singh,
of the Port-of-Spain CID, visited both crime
scenes and are continuing investigations.
While crime scene investigators and homi-
cide detectives were processing the Gomez
crime scene, they received a report of two
murders in Laventille which occurred almost
In one of the incidents, Lewis Jr was shot
dead while repairing a car at a garage at Trot-
Police said that around 4.15 pm, Lewis Jr
was repairing the car on the road in front the
garage when two gunmen sneaked up behind
him and shot him six times in the head. He
died on the scene.
Five minutes later, Peters was shot dead
while driving along Quarry Street, Laventille.
Investigators said Peters was driving his
silver Nissan Almera along the road when
two gunmen ran alongside his vehicle and
shot him several times. Peters crashed into
a car which was parked at the side of the
road. He was found slumped behind the steer-
ing wheel and was pronounced dead on the
When a team from the T&T Guardian vis-
ited Duncan Street yesterday, Antoine and
Gomez s grandmother described the killings
The elderly woman said: "Is two 16-year-
olds they take. They sick. They will have to
pay for that. I going and pray for them (the
The woman and other relatives, who wished
to remain unidentified, said Gomez recently
graduated from the Servol Life Centre in
Beetham Gardens and had received full passes
in her CSEC examinations.
"She was planning on going back to school
to further her education. She was productive
and did not want to live down here forever,"
a teenage girl, who claimed to be Gomez s
best friend, said.
"Trinidad need plenty prayers right now,"
an elderly resident said as he walked by the
scene where Gomez was killed.
The women said Gomez had a twin brother,
Rasheed, who was deeply traumatised by the
Meanwhile, around 10.30 pm on Tuesday,
Williams was shot dead in an incident near
his home which also left three of his friends
warded at hospital.
According to reports, Williams and his
friends were liming at the entrance to his
building when the group was approached by
three gunmen. Police said without warning,
the gunmen opened fire on the group before
running away. The friends were taken to
Arima Health Facility and Williams was pro-
nounced dead on arrival.
His friend, Teo Edward, of Carpenter Cres-
cent, Maloney, was also shot several times
and was listed in a critical condition yesterday.
The two other victims sustained minor injuries
and were treated and discharged, police said.
Northern Division police also recently iden-
tified the body found dumped near a river
in Maloney Gardens last month as that of
The woman, who lived in the building next
to Williams, was identified by her relatives.
A post-mortem performed at the Forensic
Science Centre in St James stated that her
cause of death was strangulation.
London s semi-nude body was found by
a group of Community Environmental Pro-
tection Enhancement Programme (Cepep)
workers on July 30. Police have not determined
if Williams and London s murders are con-
Crime scene investigators view the body of 17-year-old Seon Lewis who was shot dead while
repairing a car on Trotman Street, Laventille, yesterday afternoon. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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Acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams has called an emergency meeting
with senior police officers this morning, to
discuss yesterday s murder spree.
Senior police sources said Williams had
summoned the heads of various police divi-
sions late yesterday, after five people, among
them three teenagers, were shot dead in sep-
arate incidents in east Port-of-Spain.
The incidents occurred within 12 hours of
The sources said this recent murder spree
is troubling the executive of the Police Service
and they (the executive members) called
today s meeting to discuss the situation and
possible immediate anti-crime measures which
could be implemented to prevent further
The meeting is scheduled for 9 am and will
be held at Williams office at the Police
Administration Building, Port-of-Spain.
Police public information officer Sgt Wayne
Mystar yesterday assured members of the
public that the Police Service would be work-
ing assiduously to control the rate of murders
"We will never be satisfied till we see that
rate go down drastically. We will not rest or
give up on the fight and we want to assure
members of the public that we will do all in
our powers to keep the rate down," Mystar
said at the weekly police press briefing.
His comments came hours before four peo-
ple were shot dead within hours of each other
yesterday, and another man died later at hos-
pital from gunshot wounds he sustained yes-
Mystar said the service would continue to
partner with the public to obtain vital infor-
mation and evidence which would assist in
solving homicides. He noted that communities
in east Port-of-Spain continue to have a high
"As it stands, we are keeping that high vis-
ibility presence and are going to do whatever
it takes to use the necessary and required
force to deal with that situation," Mystar said.
He said the service was also reviewing its
tactics and crime-fighting programmes geared
towards reducing the increase in homicides.
"You must appreciate the fact that crime
is very dynamic, so you have situations that
may pop up and may create the need for us
to adjust our tactics and strategies as we see
fit," Mystar said.
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