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Residents at Wallace Road claimed the two boys
were not innocent and they had complained about
them numerous times.
One resident, who did not want to be identified,
said the two youths, along with two other men,
planned to ambush a relative of hers and he barely
escaped with his life.
"They living up there and we living down here.
I don t know what they warring we for? They used
to be here liming and drinking together. It was all
of them," she said.
"I told him (her relative) not to go because they
shot up the house on Friday. I was waiting to give
him money and when he come I hear him quarreling
and bleeding plenty," she said pointing to gunshots
at the house.
She added: "The same one who they say is an
athlete, his mother talk to him, his grandmother
talk to him, father talk, aunt talk. Everybody talk
to him. What going on with he?"
She claimed they had Zion (Wallace Road) hot
with illegal activity.
Investigations are continuing.
Policeman shot in leg
Police were up to last evening searching Cameron
Hill, Petit Valley, for gunmen who shot a colleague.
The constable was shot in the leg after the officers
responded to a report of an alleged kidnapping in
According to reports, officers of the Western Divi-
sion Task Force went to Cameron Hill around 3 pm
as they followed leads but when they got there their
pathway was blocked by debris.
Constable Jason Clement and some other col-
leagues got out of their vehicle to remove the debris
when they were fired upon. He was shot in the right
leg. The gunmen escaped in nearby bushes.
Also last night, police were also searching the
compound of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen mosque in
Carapo and surrounding houses during a raid for
arms and ammunition.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Differing reports from relatives, residents as...
Yesterday we erroneously reported (Page A3)
that former head of the public service Reginald
Dumas quoted Section 25 of the Constitution. Mr
Dumas was in fact quoting Section 27 of the
Integrity in Public Life Act.
Our apologies for the error.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Cops kill cousins
Bullets flew in two separate communities
yesterday, resulting in the deaths of two
teenagers and the injury of one police offi-
cer.In the case that drew the most attention,
two cousins were shot dead by the police
during an alleged shootout yesterday after-
noon at Superville Hill, Morvant.
Hakeem, 16, and Tevin Alexander, 15, of
Lezama Trace, Chinapoo Village, were taken
to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital nurs-
ing gunshot injuries after the shootout but
were pronounced dead on arrival.
Hakeem represented T&T at the Carifta
Games last year and Tevin was a Form Three
student at Belmont Boys Secondary.
Police said they were responding to a call
of gunshots and heavily armed men in the
area when they encountered three people,
including the two youths, as they arrived
at the scene. One man was armed with
shotgun while the youths had handguns,
Officers said one of the men ran through
a track while one of the two youths opened
fire on them. The other youth also opened
fire and attempted to run through the track.
The officers said they returned fire and the
two youth suspects were injured.
They were later taken to the hospital
where they succumbed to their injuries.
Two revolvers were recovered at the scene.
Police said the Alexanders were wanted
for attempted murder, breaking and entry,
sexual assault and larceny of a vehicle. The
suspect who escaped was also wanted, police
In a telephone interview yesterday, how-
ever, an eyewitness disputed the police
account of what occurred.
"The police tell them to go on their knees
and put their hands up. They ask them
where they come from and they ain t give
them time to say nothing and they put bul-
lets in their belly.
"I say that is an injustice and start to
make noise. All you not supposed to do
that. The police that was there look up and
he look at me and let go some bullets at
my house like if that was me he would waste
me the same way. He riddled the boy after
that and gone."
Lisa De Leon-Alexander, Tevin s mother,
said her son was innocent and was going
to see his grandparents on the hill at the
time he was killed.
"If they do something talk to the parents,"
"The children dropped to their knees and
begged for their lives and you still kill them.
They ain t search them or check them. All
you buss my child skin if he was doing any-
She said her aunt, who lived near where
the shooting occurred, saw the incident and
begged for her nephews.
"She was begging for her nephews and
they turn the gun on her. That is beyond
outrageous. Cause somebody who seeing
you do something wrong is begging you
not to do it as a human being and you still
De Leon-Alexander said Tevin was unable
to go to school because she had no money
to send him.
"They (police) are trained to protect and
serve us but they kill us. They (boys) not
in nothing. They were running from a man
who was shooting behind them because he
wants them to turn to Muslim. What part
of my child, if he wants to turn to Jesus
Christ and not Muslim, you should shoot
The mother denied Tevin was wanted by
the police or known to the police.
Henry Alexander, Hakeem s father, said
his son was a national athlete. Pointing to
a host of medals and trophies, he said his
son had been laid off because he was ill for
over a week but he had managed to negotiate
with the boy s employer to rehire him.
"I call him (Hakeem) and say the bossman
wanted him to check him and he will get
back the work," he said.
"Then I heard there was a fight up and
the police shoot them. I did now come from
Down the Islands and they say police shoot
them. I surprise to hear police shoot him
in the head and the cousin... he break the
national record in school."
Henry said his son wanted to return to
school (Success/Laventille Composite) and
continue his career to become a professional
for 09th JUNE, 2014
Henry Alexander shows his son Hakeem Alexander's 2013 Carifta 3,000m bronze medal
while speaking to the media at his home after the shooting of his son in Chinapoo,
Morvant, yesterday. Inset is Tevin Alexander's mother Lisa de Leon-Alexander PHOTO:
Boys no saints
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