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The investigation into the mur-
der of Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas
continued yesterday with residents
of the Beverly Hills and opposing
Desperlie Crescent and St Paul
Street, East Port-of-Spain, point-
ing fingers at each other for the
Residents of St Paul Street told
CNC3 news yesterday following
Thomas killing soldiers, wearing
masks, came into the area and
They say the masked men could
be anyone and were fearful for their
lives. The residents claimed they
could not be behind the shooting
as they could not go into "enemy
Their claim that they were abused
had not been reported to the reg-
iment as of 7 pm last night when
the T&T Guardian contacted the
Regiment communications officer
Captain Stefan Affonzo.
Affonzo said no report was made
to them about the alleged beating
and called on anyone who may have
suffered at the hands of regiment
officers to come forward.
Affonzo also denied soldiers were
patrolling the area by themselves
but were with police.
However, shortly after 6 am,
when the T&T Guardian visited the
St Paul Street area a group of soldiers
were seen on patrol by themselves.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, residents of Beverly Hills
where Thomas lived denied they
were responsible for the shooting
and blamed rival gang members.
The residents claimed the shoot-
ing was unprovoked and random.
They said gunmen would have
opened fire on any car in the area
and unfortunately the father of eight
was the target.
Also speaking to the media was
Thomas mother, Marva Thomas,
who said her son was undeserving
of the death he received.
Laughing lustily at any joke "Miss
Marva", as she was referred to, said
if she did not laugh she would cry
but had to stay strong for her family.
She said she could not give her
son s killers the satisfaction of taking
her son and her joy.
"I can t give them the two. After
I fight to raise him in the right way
this is the pay I get. That child was
not to go that way," she said, adding
that her next step is to care for her
seven grandsons and one grand-
daughter left by her only son.
Thomas said her son would be
buried on Monday under full mil-
itary rites. She added she was visited
by MP for the area Marlene Mc
Donald but did not wish to divulge
what took place during the meeting.
According to police reports,
around 11.30 pm on Sunday,
Thomas was driving along Plaisance
Quarry Road, John John, when a
group of men stepped in front his
Mazda 323 and opened fire.
Thomas, who was heading to the
Beverly Hills home of his mother
ran off the road and crashed. He
died at the scene.
Police recovered 30 spent shells
at the scene of the shooting. Mem-
bers of the Homicide Bureau are
One day after Thomas was killed
police officers distributed flyers in
the Laventille area calling on res-
idents to provide information about
the killing confidentially.
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Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force on patrol along Piccadilly Street, Port-of- Spain, shortly
after 6 am yesterday. One of their colleagues, Lance Cpl Kayode Thomas (inset), was murdered in the district
on Sunday. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Masked soldiers assaulting us
In a media release by the Ministry of
National Security yesterday National
Security Minister Gary Griffith said law
enforcement agents would meet deadly
force with deadly force.
He added that anyone who wished to
pick a fight with the protective services
would lose that fight before it began.
He said: "It has become apparent that
criminals are now taking the fight to the
protectors of the law and the Constitution
and this will not be tolerated in the small-
"There are no public outcries, anger
and hostility in certain areas when crim-
inals murder law enforcement and secu-
rity personnel in cold blood but when
there is a shooting against a suspect or
a known criminal, then lawmen are con-
demned vociferously by certain interest
groups, who would all claim to have seen
Griffith addressed concerns by citizens
who said he should seek dialogue rather
than war, saying there was no dialogue
when Dana Seetahal and Thomas were
Senior Counsel Seetahal, who worked
closely with the state to prosecute crim-
inals, was shot dead on May 4 in Wood-
Griffith said: "Tell that to his children
that there should be dialogue.
"Those who keep talking dialogue
apparently have not lost a loved one at
the hands of these disgusting parasites
who call themselves gangs and kill in cold
"Talk is over. Deadly force would be
met with deadly force. The gangs who
have shown their intention to disregard
laws and commit heinous crimes with
impunity, can and should be treated as
nothing other than cold-blooded crim-
inals and enemies of the State and I intend
to treat them as such."
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