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The autopsies of teenage cousins---
Hakeem, 16, and Tevin Alexander, 15---dis-
prove some eyewitness accounts that the
boys were kneeling when they were shot
According to the autopsies, which were
conducted by Hughvon des Vignes at the
Forensic Science Centre, St James, yesterday,
the boys were shot several times about the
body. Some of the bullets exited and ric-
ochetted from nearby objects and re-entered
the teens body.
The autopsy showed both boys were shot
from in front, with one receiving a gunshot
injury to the back.
The report said bullets also pierced the
upper thigh of one boy and went through
the knee, in an upwards direction, in the
The pathologist also found that in one
case the bullet jacket peeled off and was
lodged in the chest of one victim, while the
slug entered the chest area, which showed
that the bullets were not fired from close
During the autopsy, police took a man,
who identified the two dead boys as his
attackers who had pointed a gun at him
and shot at him.
The cousins, who were the 25th and 26th
victims of police killings so far this year,
were also shot while facing their shooters
and Tevin was shot more than his elder
cousin, the autopsies concluded.
Speaking to the media at the FSC yes-
terday, Lisa De Leon-Alexander, Tevin s
mother, said the cousins were shot in the
head, chest, legs and arms. Hakeem s mother
Suzette Alexander also viewed the autopsies
with De Leon-Alexander.
De Leon-Alexander described the sight
of her son and nephew as "heinous."
According to eyewitness reports at the
scene at Superville Hill, Morvant, on Mon-
day, police ordered the boys to go on their
knees and put their hands up before shooting
them about their bodies.
Another witness who spoke to the T&T
Guardian during a telephone interview yes-
terday, said she witnessed the boys killing
and denied that they had fired at the law-
According to police, the teenagers were
killed after they shot at policemen when
they responded to report of shooting in the
Police said around 4.15 pm police of the
Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) and the
North Eastern Division Task Force responded
to reports of gunshots at Wallace Road, Chi-
When they arrived they were reportedly
shot at and returned fire, fatally hitting the
cousins, who were pronounced dead on
arrival at the Eric Williams Medical Science
Complex, Mt Hope.
In yet another twist yesterday, a resident
of the area said the teens were being pursued
as possible recruits by gang leaders in Chi-
"There are two fellas who come into the
community to torment the youth men and
try to get them to become Muslim and join
the gangs," the resident said, naming the
two men involved in that process.
He added: "These men come around
when the youths are liming, playing cards
or football. They put on masks and pull out
their guns and people are afraid.
"Up to last Saturday a group of people
were gambling by the road and he (name
called) ran up on them and pulled out the
gun. These youth men weren t on gun and
thing. They would smoke weed, gamble and
lime but they were not any bad boys."
The resident disagreed with reports that
the boys were involved in criminal activity,
particularly Hakeem, who was a long dis-
tance runner who won a Carifta bronze
medal for T&T last year.
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Seventh Day Adventist pastor Clive Dottin, who
does outreach work in communities such as Laven-
tille and Morvant, said yesterday it was known
those areas were recruiting grounds for gang leaders.
"The country must face the fact that adult gang
leaders are recruiting teenagers and putting them on
the battlefront," Dottin told the T&T Guardian in a
"They are doing a phenomenal job recruiting teens.
It should be of great concern to all of us in society,"
Dottin said the issue spoke to a collapse of parenting
and family in society, adding unless these issues are
fixed the fight against crime will not be won.
Meanwhile, Inspector Roger Alexander, head of
the North Eastern Division task Force (NEDTF) and
vice-president of the Police Social and Welfare Asso-
ciation, said he was disturbed by media reports his
men had murdered the cousins.
Speaking on Beyond the Tape programme, he said
when the media visited the area on Monday they
spoke to the relatives of the cousins but failed to
speak with the victims he claimed the cousins had
Asked about the accusations the officers were
excessive, Alexander said:
"How can a team be acting in an excessive way
when all they doing is protecting their lives, the lives
of the public and their colleagues.
"The public must understand if we worked in
places like Westmoorings we would never have any
"We work in a place known to be a hotspot, where
people are aggressive towards the police and are
encouraged to be aggressive towards the police, yet
you want us to be like, good morning do you have
a gun in the bush? Would you stop shooting at us
Alexander said psycho-social messages being relayed
to the police was that they should hesitate in those
situations but he said that could cost them their lives.
In a telephone interview with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams said he would not be commenting on the
issue of police killings, since he has a meeting today
with head of the Police Complains Authority (PCA)
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Lisa De Leon-Alexander, mother of shooting victim Tevin displays a photo of her son on
her phone. Inset is Hakeem Alexander's mother Suzette. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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