Three murders in the space of three hours have raised the murder toll for the year to 418.
One of the murders, in Tobago, is the tenth in the island for the year.
Shaquille Herry, Akedo Irvine and Rondell Campbell were all killed by gunmen between 8.30 pm and 11pm on Monday .
Herry, 24, from Ramkhellawan Street, St Joseph, was the first to be killed. According to reports, gunshots were heard on St Cecilia Road, Tunapuna and residents found him lying on his back on the side of the road.
Relatives told Newsday reporters Herry was born in Trinidad but lived in Georgia, United States, for most his life and had returned to Trinidad about three years ago. He was a tattoo artist and the father of two. His father spoke to him a few hours before he died and, in their last conversation, left him with a warning to be safe while outside.
“I told him to watch his back out there, because I am from the streets and I know how it is. He kept saying, ‘Yes, Dad. Yes, Dad,’ – and that was the last I saw of him.
“He wasn’t in nothing. He would do anything for anyone. He would do tattoos for people and undercharge. He was talented. He could draw, he could trim, he could do other things.”
The second overnight murder took place at the corner of College and El Dorado Road, El Dorado at about 9.50 pm. Akedo Irvine, 18, was on the corner when rapid gunfire was heard. By the time neighbours checked, the shooters had already gone and Irvine was found in a pool of blood on the side of the road.
His mother said she last saw him on the block near their home and he had asked to borrow her phone. She said he had dropped out of the school he was attending in Aranguez and had been at home with her since. She described him as a hot-mouthed boy who wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind.
“Right now, nothing else matters to me other than burying my son. It is my child and I want the best for him,” the mother said.
The third murder, in Tobago, happened at about 11 pm. Rondel Campbell was found bleeding by the road after gunshots were heard in Mason Hall, Tobago. Residents took him to hospital, but he died.
Three murders which occurred in the space of three hours have raised the murder toll for the year to 418. One of the murders, which occurred in Tobago, counts as the tenth murder in the island for the year.
Shaquille Herry, Akedo Irvine and Rondell Campbell were all killed at the hands of gunmen between 8.30 pm and 11pm on Monday .
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