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A close-knit community in Morvant was
left in mourning yesterday, after two broth-
ers, aged nine and 15, were killed and their
teenage cousin wounded in a gang-related
incident at their home.
Teenager Jamal Brathwaite and his brother
Jadel Holder had just had lunch at their
mother s home at Petunia Avenue, Coconut
Drive, Morvant, around 3 pm when two gun-
men raided the small-two storey duplex.
Homicide detectives said the intruders
ordered the siblings to lie face down on the
floor of the living room, before shooting each
once in the back of their heads at close range.
The shooting was witnessed by the broth-
ers mother Michelle Holder and their 16-
year-old cousin Glendel Alexander, who were
both in the house at the time.
Police said while the gunmen did not
appear to target the brothers relatives, upon
seeing the shooting Alexander reportedly got
up and attempted to leave the room by climb-
ing a flight of stairs. Before he could make
his way upstairs, one of the gunmen shot
him once in the right leg. The attackers then
made thier way out the house and escaped.
Officers from the North Eastern Division
Task Force, led by Sgt Cornelius Samuel and
including PCs James Stafford and Kevin
Franktom, responded to the scene soon after
and began searching surrounding commu-
nities for the gunmen. However, no suspects
were held up to last night.
The siblings were pronounced dead on
the scene by a District Medical Officer
(DMO), who ordered their bodies removed
to the Forensic Science Centre, St James,
where autopsies will be performed today.
Alexander was taken to the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital and was receiving
treatment up to late yesterday, while the
victims mother, who was not identified
by police, was being questioned by inves-
"So far, we suspect that they (the gun-
men) came for the older one. We not sure
about the younger one as yet," a police
source said last night.
Investigators said despite his age, Brath-
waite was well known to police, who sus-
pect he had recently been initiated into the
gang which operates in his community. He
was also a suspect in several recent shoot-
ings in the Morvant area.
Although scores of neighbours gathered
near the caution tape at the scene yesterday,
as crime scene investigators scoured in and
around the house for clues, most refused
to speak to media personnel.
One female resident, who spoke to a
news team from the T&T Guardian but
asked not to be unidentified, described
both brothers as "trouble makers".
"They was stress since they small. Its
so sad, but sooner or later it was going to
happen," the woman lamented.
The woman said Brathwaite had dropped
out of school after completing primary
school, with Holder apparently choosing to
follow in his brother s footsteps.
"They was never in school. I only see the
smaller one in uniform a couple of times,"
the woman said.
The murder toll now stands at 185, accord-
ing to statistic complied by this newspaper.
The corresponding figure for the same period
last year was 159.
Detectives of the Homicide Bureau of
Investigations are continuing investigations.
President Anthony Carmona is currently in
Argentina on a week-long official visit, the Office
of the President said yesterday.
In his absence, Senate President Timothy Hamel-
Smith will act.
While there, Carmona will pay a courtesy call
on Her Excellency Christina Fernandez de Kirchner,
President of Argentina. He is also expected to visit
His Grace Mario Aurelo Poli, Archbishop of Buenos
Aires, who was appointed by Pope Francis as his
Kirchner will be the second high-ranking Argen-
tine Carmona will meet since taking office in 2013.
The first was His Holiness Pope Francis.
Carmona will also meet with the Soca Warriors,
who will be playing a friendly international game
against Argentina on Wednesday.
Carmona returns home on June 7.
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Young victims told to lie on floor
Mom sees sons
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Crime Scene Investigators search outside the Morvant home of brothers Jadel Holder and Jamal Braithwaite, as neighbours look on yesterday.
The siblings were shot in their heads by gunmen, in full view of their mother and cousin who was also shot. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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