A double murder in Malick yesterday is engaging the attention of police. The victims are Tarique Daniel and Reinaldo Cassano both of Sixth Avenue, Malick.
Their murders along with the discovery of the body of a pensioner in Freeport have raised the murder toll for the year to 374.
According to police sources, the two were at Eighth Avenue when at about 8.10 am, they were approached by two gunmen who opened fire. Residents heard the gunshots and on checking, found Daniel and Cassano on the side of the road and called in the police.
When officers arrived, Cassano was already dead. Daniel was taken to hospital but died while undergoing emergency surgery. Officers led by Ag Insp Fuentes, WPC Timothy and Cpl Jones, all of the Homicide Investigations Bureau (Region II). A District Medical Officer visited the scene and ordered Cassano’s body removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James for autopsy.
Cassano's relatives who were at the shooting scene described the 21-year-old man as a humble person, who did not talk or reveal much about his life and what he did. His mother, who asked not to be named, told Newsday she last spoke to Cassano the night before he was killed.
Police have not yet confirmed a motive behind the shooting but were yesterday working on a theory that the shooting may be connected to an ongoing conflict between rival gangs in the area.
No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.