Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 18th 2014 Contents home with his family, when they were awakened by
loud noises from outside.
Two armed men then forced their way inside and
ordered everyone into the living room, where they
robbed them. As the men were leaving, however, one
of them shot Bholai in his upper body and head in
front of his relatives, killing him instantly.
And around 6.30 pm, residents of Poinsettia Drive,
Morvant, heard several gunshots. When they checked
they found Seco Hope, 30, lying on the roadway. He
was pronounced dead on arrival at the Eric Williams
Medical Science Complex, Mt Hope.
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A man seeking to make peace in an
ongoing feud was killed in Santa Cruz yes-
terday as the murder toll rose to 102 people
for the year.
The latest victim to die by the gun was
29-year-old Jeffon "Cash" Jordan, whose
two attackers fired at him 13 times as he
made his way to what was supposed to have
been a peace meeting.
According to relatives, Jordan, a father of
three --- two girls and one boy, the eldest
five and youngest two months --- went to
Upper Bass Street, Santa Cruz, around 8
am yesterday to try to resolve an issue he
had with men from the area last week.
Jordan s sister told the T&T Guardian her
brother was telephoned by men he had had
an altercation with last week. The men told
him they wanted to bury the hatchet.
But police said around 8.30 am as he
made his way to the meeting, two masked
men approached Jordan and opened fire on
him, killing him instantly.
At the scene yesterday, police said Jordan
was known to them, while residents were
heard saying he was often seen brandishing
his illegal firearm for all to see and would
"terrorise people." An unidentified man
stood near the police caution tape speaking
to Jordan s lifeless body and saying that he
"looked for it."
At his Cocoa Road, Upper Santa Cruz,
home, Jordan s mother offered no comment
to the media as family members began gath-
ering to lend some support.
Shift in pattern
In a telephone interview with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, deputy Commissioner
of Police (Crime) Glen Hackett expressed
concerned about the increasing murders
toll, noting it started off on the heels of
"inordinate murders" at the end of 2013.
He said the murders were at one point
concentrated to two divisions, Port-of-Spain
and Northern, but there was a shift in this
pattern and murders were now being record-
ed in divisions outside of the "traditional
"We have effectively controlled the murder
rate in four areas because of the interdiction
result of road checks and roadblocks. We
have recovered so far over 1,000 rounds of
ammunition and 125 firearms," Hackett said.
He added that the police have intensified
their efforts with a view to curbing the
trend, however, as they were mindful of the
trauma that murders have on the victims
relatives. He said they were using all their
resources to make the country safer.
Jordan s killing took the weekend toll to
six.Around 2.30 pm on Saturday, Ancil
Greene, 25, of Upper Sixth Avenue, Barataria,
was killed at his home.
Police said two masked, armed men
stormed into Greene s home and enquired
about his whereabouts.
Police said one of the assailants placed
a gun to the head of Greene s father and
ordered him to call his son. When Greene
arrived some 20 minutes later, the gunmen
shot him in front his parents.
About three hours later, Sean Nurse, 34,
of Pt Pleasant Park, Laventille, was shot
dead while liming with a group of friends.
Police said around 5.30 pm, Emanuel
McKenzie, 17, of Upper Laventille Road,
Laventille, and Akim Phillips, 16, of Mulrain
Trace, Laventille, were with Nurse near the
Laventille Health Centre, Laventille Road,
when a vehicle approached.
The occupants opened fire on the group
before escaping. Nurse was shot several
times in the chest and was pronounced
dead on arrival at the Port-of-Spain General
Sometime later, police said Stephen Man-
nette, 52, of Despers Drive, off Laventille
Road, Laventille, was standing in the road-
way near his home when residents of the
area heard several gunshots. When they
checked they found Mannette in a pool of
On Sunday around 3.30 am, police said
Devanand Bholai, 40, was at his Biche Village
Gunmen jump man on way to peace meeting
Cops wary of murder spike
A relative of Jeffon Jordan rests on a police vehicle at the scene where the 29-year-old was gunned
down at Bass Trace, Santa Cruz, yesterday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
MURDER BY MONTH: This chart shows the country's monthly murder toll from July 2011
to present. There were 30 or more murders in nine of the ten months before March 2014.
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