Ongoing turf warfare has been blamed for the double murder of a couple in the squatting community of Bangladesh in St Joseph on Sunday.
Relatives of murder victim Keron Rampersad, 33, said they were alerted by the sound of a car speeding near their home before a volley of gunshots rang out.
Speaking with the Guardian Media yesterday, Rampersad’s mother, who declined to give her name, said was in a state of shock when she emerged from her home and saw her son and his girlfriend, Crystal Heeralal, dead on the roadway.
She recalled Rampersad had only moments before arrived home and was talking to his girlfriend and one of her friend’s, Shamila St John, when they were shot.
Heeralal’s brother, Errol, said he and his other relatives were at a relative’s funeral when they got the news of her death.
He said he did not know the motive but admitted that there are gang activities in the area.
“Yeah…it have violence because it’s like a turf war down there.”
Rampersad’s mother also recalled several other shooting incidents in the district.
“It had a fella get killed in the area and my nephew get shoot and then my son come and die now. I don’t know what going on in the area,” she said.
“I living there for years, more than ten years. I don’t mix and meddle with people. I keep to myself. The crime situation is ridiculous. I don’t know if the police (can get control) cause man shooting police and police shooting man,” she added.
The woman feared that the crime situation in the country would worsen.
Police officers at the St Joseph Police Station are continuing investigations.
- by Rhondor Dowlat